Everyone needs a friend

Pledge us our suggested minimum donation of £5,000, and you can be confident that your contribution will go a long way.

The entire sum goes directly towards funding our bursary scheme – the principal way in which young people like Michael, Chelsea and Dougie can benefit from the work we do.

Alternatively, with a minimum pledge of £25,000 each year, you would become one of our Best Friends and join our inner circle of trusted advisors and benefactors.

In return for you being a Friend, we’ll invite you to see our work first-hand at one of our centres, and meet some of the young people we work with.

We also pride ourselves on creating a calendar of unique and exclusive social events throughout the year that will help you understand the work we do while also enjoying something a little out of the ordinary.

Inspiring young people to fulfil their potential through challenging outdoor activities is the main aim of The Outward Bound Trust. HRH The Duke of York KG, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Pledge us our suggested minimum donation of £5,000, and you can be confident that your contribution will go a long way.

The entire sum goes directly towards funding our bursary scheme - the principal way in which young people like Michael, Chelsea and Dougie can benefit from the work we do.

Alternatively, with a minimum pleadge of £25,000 each year, you would become one of our Best Friends and join our inner circle of trusted advisors and benefactors.

In return, we'll invite you to see work firsthand at one of our centres, and meet some of the young people we work with.

We also pride overselves on creating a calendar of unique and exclusive social events throughout the year that will help you understand the work we do while also enjoying something a little out of the ordinary.

To become a Friend of The Trust, or for more information, call our Friends Team on 020 3301 6481 or complete the donation form below and we'll be back in touch shortly.

BEFORE THAT WEEK IN THE LAKES, I HAD NO PLANS FOR MYSELF.

I was going to become a painter and decorator. I didn’t think I was much good at anything else. Being part of a team, speaking up, solving problems under pressure – it made me realise I could be useful, help others out, make things happen. It’s why I’ve gone back to college. I want to qualify as a youth worker.

And I always set my alarm clock now. I love that feeling I first had in Ullswater of being woken up to get things done.

It’s something I never want to lose. It’s who I am now.

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO HATE IT.

Spending a week camping in Wales, having to wear great clunking boots, sleep in a dorm – it was the last thing I wanted to do.

But after my second day, something happened. I felt different. The air was amazing, and all the grass and greenery, it was everywhere, it made me feel really calm.

At the beach, I had to take my boots off just to feel sand between my toes for the first time. I’ll never forget that day. It’s the day I told myself ‘I can do this’.

I REACHED THE TOP FIRST.

I never knew what it felt like to come first. My older sister was always the best, or the first, or something better than me. Always putting me down.

It was the same at the camp to begin with. I didn’t know how to lace up my boots – the instructor had to teach me – it wasn’t a great start.

But on our full day expedition in the hills around Loch Eil, I was the first to make it to the top. I was king of the mountain, and still am.

I can stand up for myself now.