Penrith retirees raise £1,500 for local charity Blood Bikes Cumbria

Apartment Owners at Churchill Retirement Living’s Dutton Lodge development in Penrith have raised an impressive £1495.97 for local charity Blood Bikes Cumbria, through a special Winter Warmer event this week and a successful fundraising drive which began in the run-up to Christmas. This total was boosted by £568.76 of match funding from Churchill's own charity, the Churchill Foundation.

The Winter Warmer event on Thursday 22nd February welcomed visitors to step out of the cold and into the warmth of the development’s friendly Owners’ Lounge, where they could enjoy coffee, cake and a chat in return for a small donation to the charity. 

Representatives from Blood Bikes Cumbria were also there to speak to attendees about the important work they do providing emergency medical courier services to hospitals across the region. One or two lucky attendees also had a chance to saddle up on a Blood Bikes motorcycle!

Lisa Obertelli, Area Sales Manager for Churchill Retirement Living, said: “We’re delighted by the success of our Winter Warmer event and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us raise such a fantastic total in support of Blood Bikes since December. It’s a perfect example of the community spirit on offer here at Dutton Lodge, and how we enjoy the opportunity to give something back to the local community.”

Churchill’s Winter Warmer events took place throughout February at its retirement developments across the country, with all the money raised going towards local causes chosen by its apartment Owners and Colleagues. 

Dutton Lodge is a collection of warm, stylish, energy-efficient one and two bedroom retirement apartments designed for independent living. Boasting spacious rooms throughout and available to buy now, the apartments come with the benefits of a sociable Owners’ Lounge, a Guest Suite for friends and family to stay, a Lodge Manager, and a 24 hour emergency Careline service.

To find out more about the new apartments available to buy now at Dutton Lodge, call Churchill Retirement Living on 01768 758814 or visit

UNP CRL 45359 Dutton Lodge Winter Warmer Blood Bikes Audrey Thornhill pictured on the blood Bike with Blood Bikes Cumbria Treasurer Dee Addison, Barabra Hough, Jill Longstaff, Lynda Crawford, and manager Sarah Dent and Blood Biker Les Turner.
UNP CRL 45359 Dutton Lodge Winter Warmer Blood Bikes Barabara Hough pictured with Blood Biker Les Turner.
UNP CRL 45359 Dutton Lodge Winter Warmer Blood Bikes