The following email came through and I contacted the sender for permission to publish here, as his words were truly spoken from the heart. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
"I am someone who does not wish to be pushed into registering with Facebook, so I do hope that continuing news about your splendid appeal will be more widely available.
Blencathra and its purlieus have loomed large in my life - from childhood, schooling, and National Service with the Border Regiment - in or around Carlisle. From thereabouts it constantly came into sight on the horizon, and it drew me to it on my old-fashioned bicycle. In more recent years, as my favourite part of Cumbria overall, I have frequently gone back by car, staying usually in the Mungrisdale district, not least when running field-courses for postgraduate students. Albeit long an exile from what was Cumberland, Saddleback’s silhouette, its tumbling becks, and the seasonal colour changes of its vegetation remain forever stamped on my mental retina.
Given the need to keep this magical area out of the hands of private ownership and to safeguard it for the nation, I do hope that the historic relationship between the Lake District and the National Trust will persuade the latter to accept custodianship in due course. In the meantime I promise a donation of £x when you inform me as to whom I should send the cheque."