Film-maker Terry Abraham. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Film-maker Terry Abraham. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Lightweight tents and a tour of a mountain rescue base are two of the lots up for grabs in a charity auction.

Bids are invited in the online event, launched to mark the premiere of film-maker Terry Abraham’s final Lake District trilogy.

Life of a Mountain Helvellyn was screened online to thousands of people at the weekend after coronavirus lockdown prevented a physical event.

Prizes are on offer for the top bids in the auction, the proceeds of which will go to Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team and the Friends of the Lake District.

The rescue team is regularly called out to help stricken walkers and climbers on Helvellyn and Mr Abraham is a trustee of the Friends, a landscape charity in Cumbria.

His latest film is the final work in his series of three detailing Lakeland mountains. His previous movies featured Scafell Pike and Blencathra. He introduced the film at its premiere as ‘his final love letter to the Lakes’.

The two charities in the auction have been chosen because of their close association with the area depicted in the movie.

The ‘blind’ auction will run throughout November, with bids invited from the public on four lots donated to the cause. Patterdale MRT itself is offering an exclusive VIP family tour of its base, promising an insight into the work of the team’s volunteers.

Chairman of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Association, Chris Sanderson, said the auction would aid the team’s new Land Rover Defender vehicle appeal. He said: “We are extremely grateful to Terry for this gesture and privileged to be associated with his film.

“Helvellyn plays a central part in all our lives at Patterdale mountain rescue and his film is a wonderful tribute to an iconic mountain and the people who live around it.”

The online auction will benefit two charities

The online auction will benefit two charities

Douglas Chalmers, chief executive of the Friends of the Lake District, said: “Once again Terry has shown his generosity by promoting this auction and supporting charities with longstanding links to this area.

“We were proud to welcome Terry as a trustee to Friends of the Lake District, sharing as we do our love of the Cumbrian landscape; and this love is clearly demonstrated in Terry’s latest work.”

The online auction runs throughout November and is inviting bids of a number of lots including signed film posters, a weekend break at Sunnyside Guest House in Keswick and two of the latest Vango tents. The highest bids will be selected at the end of November for each lot item with all proceeds being split between Friends of the Lake District and Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team.

Details of the auction are on the Friends of the Lake District website.

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