A brownie group from Cumbria would raise more than £1,000 for a local charity with a sleep-out at Netherby Hall last month. 

Wetheral Brownies (1WB), who meet at Wetheral Village Community Hall, have for the past nine years, raised money for Cumbria Community Foundation's (CCF) winter warmth appeal by spending the night sleeping away somewhere cold.

On Friday, January 26, they travelled to Netherby Hall to spend a King Arthur-themed night including jousting and The Sword in the Stone, and brought in a remarkable £1,115.

Leader Janice Brown said: "We raised an incredible £1115 which only goes to show what passionate little people can achieve.

"1WB have supported the winter warmth appeal for nine years now, raising over £10,000 when gift aid is taken into account.

"The Brownies love to support a local charity which they can relate to - helping an elderly person in Penrith for example is preferable to them than raising money for an anonymous national charity.

"CCF are brilliant at showing their appreciation to the Brownies . They always send a representative to present the girls with fundraising certificates and these representatives are always willing to embrace whatever theme we are running with.

"Andrew Beeforth, CEO of CCF joined us in dressing up as Roman Centurions and marching along Hadrian's Wall a couple of years back, much to the Brownies delight and this year Samatha Scott, High Sheriff, joined us for jousting.

"We are extremely grateful to venue owners for welcoming the Brownies and getting behind their fundraising initiatives."

Cumbria Community Foundation has run the Winter Warmth Appeal every winter since 2010, raising more than £2.5m to provide help with heating bills to some of the county’s most vulnerable older people.

Andrew Beeforth, CEO at CCF added: "Wetheral Brownies are the most inspirational, ‘can do’ group I know. They rise to every challenge and have enormous fun taking on whatever tasks and fundraising they’re involved in.

"We’re hugely grateful for the money they raised which will help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Thanks to the leaders, parents and most importantly the Brownies."