It is up to the landowner/estate manager if there is a limit to the number of folks that attend. If there is a limit, then I will offer places to the first howsoever people that said on here that they wanted to participate, with those that followed in an ordered reserve list. That in mind, the suggestion to ‘make it count’, ie do a good job, respect the conditions and the property, and make a significant sum for a local charity of the estate’s choosing (yes, I tend to agree with that idea, but will keep the ‘individually nominated charities’ one in reserve just in case) is a good one, as it will hopefully leave the door open for a repeat for future activators.
Money-making doesn’t come into it. It will be raising money for charity. And it isn’t setting a precedent or opening a can of worms - Jimmy and I actively raised funds for Macclesfield Friends for Leisure (an organisation that supports teenagers with disabilities in mainstream social and leisure activities) as we walked the Pennine Way (including 11 SOTA activations) in 2006. Friends, colleagues and family donated, but the bulk of the £1400 raised came from (a) drinkers in Macclesfield pubs, and (b) radio amateurs - SOTA participants, and people at the Norbreck rally.
Surely this would be a good thing, and would reflect SOTA in a good light?
Anyway, all I want at the minute is expressions of interest (bona fide ones with genuine intention to take part AND do some fundraising) and viable fundraising suggestions from those people. I will put together a formal proposal, and submit it to the estate manager when appropriate.
Thanks for the interest.