Terry Abraham Award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker and photographer, Terry has a passion and interest for the outdoors which is second to none. After being made redundant from a lowly IT role, he chased a dream which lead him to producing and directing the BBC hits 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' (2014) and 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' (2016). Growing up in rural Nottinghamshire, Terry spent much of his youth exploring Sherword Forest and working alongside his grandfather in the countryside. Often travelling to far flung scenic landscapes his grandfather has proved to be a major influence in shaping his love and appreciation for the land we live in. Spending many happy days out amongst the trees, birdwatching and seeking flora and fauna, Terry would often stay out overnight in a D.I.Y shelter; hence his passion for wild camping on the Lakeland fells. After the success of his Lakeland documentaries, Terry now lives in the Eden Valley and is currently producing the finale to his 'Life of a Mountain' series featuring Helvellyn. At a recent event, Chief Executive Douglas Chalmers announced the filmmaker as a Patron of Friends of the Lake District. When approached about it a couple of months or so ago I was both stunned and honoured! I’ve always admired the charity for what it stands for and believes in for many years. Quietly and modestly I do try and help and support many charities across Cumbria with my work and fundraising. It’s my way of giving something back as a thanks to the kind support from a great many locals (and now friends) but also the landscape I adore. That includes Friends of the Lake District of course. Goodness only knows that in recent years there have been and continue to be various threats from many angles that seek to commercialise (and more besides) England’s most popular ‘national park’. I’m looking forward to supporting and representing the charity in the future and couldn’t be more bloody humbled to have been asked to be a patron. As usual, I’ll endeavour to be a modest ‘force of nature’ making the argument that the Lake District and Cumbria at large should be protected and enhanced in a respectful and holistic way.