A raft of businesses have signed up to support the popular Keswick to Barrow walk in 2020.

Already signed up to support the event are BAE Systems, News quest Cumbria titles – The Mail and The Westmorland Gazette – Rolls-Royce, Kier Group, Lockheed Martin UK, ATS, Sener, Newton Europe, United Utilities, Grand at Grasmere, Britannia Inn, Furness Park Group and Enterprise.

Barrow Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria Police have also signed up to sponsor.

The pledges came as organisers of the K2B handed out awards totalling £379,666 to 350 different charities covering South Cumbria, North Lancashire and North Yorkshire following the success of this year’s event.

Recipient charities included St. Mary’s Hospice, Mind and Bay Trust Hospitals Charity

Accolades were also awarded to the teams who raised the most money. The MC Hammer Team 1 picked up the GSK Trophy for raising £6,955.

Vanessa Sims, group editor for Newsquest Cumbria, said: “The annual K2B walk is a major highlight in the South Cumbria calendar.

“It is amazing to see the community embrace the event and raise thousands of pounds for wonderful local charities.

“As a longstanding supporter of the K2B, The Mail and The Westmorland Gazette are proud to be supporting the 2020 walk, and encourage anyone who is yet to give it a go to make it their year.”

Neil Doherty, BAE Systems corporate social responsibility manager said: “Events such as the K2B and C2B walks are major undertakings to organise yet bring so much back to the community.

“For good causes and charities, the money raised by the thousands of walkers who take part each year is absolutely crucial.

“The event is also brilliant to bring people together for a common cause; many people from BAE Systems are involved either as participants or behind the scenes to make sure it all works smoothly.”

Businesses in the region, and across the UK, have a long-legacy in supporting K2B. The walk started out as a friendly challenge between the crew of the first submarine to carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent and the Barrow shipbuilders who built her.

It is now firmly rooted in the Cumbrian events calendar and one of the biggest fundraising events to take place in the region.