Top honour for Cumbria holiday park’s superstar Mark

Mark Foudy was presented with his award by Park Foot directors Fiona Bell (left) and her sister Barbara Allen

A PENRITH MAN’S 30 years of loyal service at Park Foot Caravan and Camping Park on Ullswater have been put in the spotlight this month.

Mark Foudy has been presented with Exceptional Service Award certificate from the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, the park industry’s professional body.

The accolades are the highest honours given out by the association to park businesses.

Mark has been the manager of the park’s TJ’s Bar and Restaurant for three decades, and is described in the award citation as “a truly outstanding employee”.

Fiona Bell, whose family has owned Park Foot for over 70 years, said that Mark’s prestigious personal commendation was richly deserved:

“Our bar and restaurant is a much loved and popular feature of the park which welcomes thousands of customers each year,” she said.

Park Foot provides idyllic Lakeland holidays on the shores of Ullswater

“Throughout his career with us, Mark has been at the forefront of innovating ways in which the facility could be constantly evolved and improved.

“It’s his hard work and forward thinking which has ensured TJ’s always provides the highest standards of service and food, as well as a superb relaxed atmosphere.

“Mark is also extremely popular with custo ensure they enjoy a warm welcome and first-class hospitality,” said Fiona.

Mark, age 59, lives in Penrith with his wife Stephanie, whom he met at Park Foot, and the couple’s two children, Nathan and Lauren, who also both work at the park.

In his spare time, Mark is a keen fundraiser for Patterdale Mountain Rescue and organises various events on the park including duck races and social activities involving customers.

Mark’s award was presented by Fiona Bell and her sister Barbara Allen who run the business along with Fiona’s husband Malcolm.

Fiona and Barbara are the daughters of founder Jimmy Allen who first opened his land to campers in 1951 – and who, at 90 years old, still plays an active role in the business.

There is more information about Park Foot, which provides holiday homes touring and camping pitches, on its website at