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Youth hostel gets 250,000 gift
Keswick Youth Hostel
The hostel is undergoing a 550,000 revamp
A rundown youth hostel in Cumbria is 250,000 richer after a donation from a businessman who spent some of his "happiest times" as a child there.

Retired Manchester schoolteacher Dr Graham Pink has given the cash to help fund a 550,000 refurbishment project at the Keswick hostel.

Dr Pink said he wanted youngsters of today to enjoy youth hostels in the way he once had.

The Youth Hostels Association said it was "immensely grateful" for the gift.

Dr Pink said: "As a youngster, some of my happiest times were spent in youth hostels and I'm delighted to be able to help to give today's youngsters the same opportunity.

Generous donation

"Keswick is one of my favourite parts of the world and the building is showing signs of wear and tear and needs investment to bring it back up to standard."

This scheme will see extra private rooms added and all bed and bathroom facilities improved.

YHA head of fundraising Tim Diggle said: "We are immensely grateful to Graham for this incredibly generous donation.

"Thanks to this injection of cash we will now be able to create a much-improved facility that can better cater for the large numbers of families and young people it attracts."

The Keswick site is one of the most popular in the country and catered for around 20,000 overnight stays last year.

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