Fundraising overview

Oaklea is a registered charity (Registered Charity No. 1091722).

We rely upon the support of generous and benevolent individuals and organisations in order to continue our essential work with disabled and vulnerable children and adults. Dignity, respect, inclusion and choice are all aspects of citizenship that Oaklea values. Your donation means disabled and disadvantaged people’s lives continue to be improved.

Why not give to Oaklea?

A message from our CEO Clive Wigley: “The Vision of Oaklea Trust is that every citizen has a positive contribution to make to society and the right to control their own lives. For example during 2020 Oaklea support over 230 individual customers across Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland, add to this the countless customers in the wider community that have been helped and supported through the activities of the Appleby Hub and The Furniture Warehouse is a fantastic achievement (Right2Work directly supporting 134 people in 2020).

The Oaklea Trust often go beyond the requirements of the statutory service, for example sourcing a washing machine for an elderly Home Care customer to improve their dignity and quality of life, or working with a long term unemployed individual to achieve stability in the home before being able to focus on gaining meaningful employment.These examples cannot be done without the support of local business and the local community.If you or your organisation is considering making a donation to a charitable organisation or if you are looking for a charitable partner for your organization we would be happy to talk further.”

Your contribution could achieve fantastic results:

  • £160 could pay for the hire of a vehicle to take 14 young people with a learning disability on an activity day.These days provide the young people with social skills development opportunities and also provide their parents and carers with a much needed break.
  • £400 could fund a specialist autism training day for a team of 10 colleagues working with customers with additional needs and challenging behaviors.
  • £1000 could provide short-term job coach support for a disabled person during the first six weeks of employment therefore reducing the dependency on welfare benefits in the long term and enabling a long term sustainable employment relationship.
  • You can also give direct via our JustGiving page

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us E: or T:01539 735025

There are lots of other ways you can help with our work:

Donations / Gifts

  • Fundraising
  • Making a one-off donation
  • Making a donation on a regular basis by Direct Debit or Standing Order
  • Wills and Trust - legacy gifts are a lasting testament made in your memory
  • Gift Aid


If you would like to make a donation, we accept the following donation methods:

  • Maestro
  • Mastercard
  • Delta
  • Visa

Fundraising -really makes a difference

There are lots of ways you can raise money and if you want to get involved we would love to hear from you. Whether you want to plan a fundraising event or push yourself in a personal challenge, one of the first things to do is set yourself a target. This can be as ambitious or as modest as you like, and you can always adjust it as you go along. Put your own spin on something tried and tested like a coffee morning, or get creative and do your own thing.

Fundraising Packs

Each pack contains: Sponsor form, ‘how to’ advice, letter from our CEO, and a branded envelope (you can also add stickers etc)

Request a fundraising pack - email us at: or T: 01539 735025

It contains everything you need - like a poster

…and a sponsor form….

Fundraising online

Raising money with the help of your family and friends couldn’t be easier.

We’ve moved to

Up to November 2021 we have used as our online fundraising platform - however from 30th November 2021 this ceased as Virgin are withdrew the service. We plan to use the site from December 2021. Go to

You can set up a fundraising page on so that your supporters can sponsor you online. This takes away the responsibility of collecting money after your event or challenge. You can add any sponsor money you collect onto your running total so you can easily keep track.

It is completely free to use, and you can keep it up to date with photos and updates for your supporters to see!

#ProjectEdenside - Extra Care Housing for local elderly people -biggest ever fundraiser

#ProjectEdenside is our biggest ever fundraising effort to date -to develop Extra Care Housing for local elderly people in Cumbria’s Eden Valley. It’s such a big challenge we’ve created specific pages go to #ProjectEdenside

Wills and Trusts Information

It is important to make a will if you want to provide for the future of a family member or friend with a disability.

By making a trust you can leave money for the benefit of a family member or friend with a disability. The trust means that they do not have to worry about the responsibility of looking after the money in their lifetime. A trust is a useful way to provide for a person with a disability who may not be able to handle money left to them outright or who may be vulnerable to pressure from other people.

When making a trust we advise seeking professional assistance from a legal representative.

For further information on any wills and trusts please contact us at

We have also produced a leaflet on making a will -click on the link below:

Oaklea wills leaflet WEB friendly March 2021-20210318110053.pdf

Would you like to find out more? We can call you back.

Simply provide us a few details and we’ll call you at a time to suit you.

When is the best time for us to call you?

Contact us.

Second Floor,
East Wing,
Station House, Station Road, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 6RY

Telephone. 01539 735 025