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Institute and FRSB welcome complaints about Three Peaks challenge bad practice

Walkers tackle the Three Peaks challenge, with long viaduct between hills to the left
Walking the Three Peaks

The Institute of Fundraising and Fundraising Standards Board are encouraging landowners to report any charities which contravene best practice ./guidance when co-ordinating Three Peaks charity challenge events. The two organisations want to ensure that the long-term sustainability of charity challenge events is preserved given that they raise substantial funds for UK charities.
Complaints about charity challenge events in the Three Peaks should be referred to the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) who can then help forward them to the relevant charity, assist in resolution and education about specific park requirements and concerns from local communities.
The Outdoor UK Challenge Events Code provides best practice ./guidance for charity fundraisers, including a specific section on the Three Peaks Challenge. The Code emphasises the importance of preserving the natural environment in areas such as National Parks, whose beauty needs to be preserved. With these areas under increasing visitor pressure, land managers and local people are increasingly concerned about the impact of large scale charity challenge events in and around Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
Louise Richards, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Institute of Fundraising, comments: “In revising our ./guidance on outdoor fundraising, the Institute wants to actively encourage best practice in this area. That is why, in addition to providing a revised Code to the sector and other stakeholders, we are asking landowners to refer any examples of bad practice to the Fundraising Standards Board. We feel this will help raise standards in outdoor fundraising, which remains a popular form of raising money for charity.”
Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board added: “Fundraisers and volunteers come together to make these events an immensely successful and fun way of raising money for good causes up and down the country. But it is essential that participants follow the Institute’s ./guidance if charities are to continue to be welcomed by landowners and local residents.”
Complaints can be made to the Fundraising Standards Board at:
www.givewithconfidence.org.uk
Photo: burge5000 on flickr.com

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