Frogmore House with Alfie Boe!
Just last month we found ourselves in no less than Frogmore House, Windsor, at a private dinner hosted on our behalf by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. And the reason for our Cinderella moment, you might ask?
As our Patron, the Duke played host to our guests, who had donated generously to attend the event. Royalty aside, we had another special guest up our sleeves. The nation's favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, performed exclusively to the crowd.
The biggest surprise of the evening came with Alfie's on stage admission that he himself had attended an Outward Bound course. As a participant at our Eskdale centre in 1990, Alfie credits his experience with opening his eyes to the possibilities that lay ahead of him. Without his course, he confessed that he may not be where he is today, as those few days unlocked the potential he had inside.
After a long rummage through our archives we were delighted to find Alfie’s course report and even a photo of him as a youngster, which we have since shared with him.
But Alfie Boe isn't the only famous face to have passed through our doors. Eddie Izzard is an Ullswater alumni, even stopping by to revisit our famous Lake during his mission to complete 43 marathons in only 51 days in aid of Sport Relief.
Clare Balding too, has experienced the power of Outward Bound.
Saying of her instructor "In just one week he helped me to understand that the world was so much bigger and more interesting than anything I had yet experienced and that, somehow, I would find my place in it."
On returning from Ullswater, she went on to become Head Girl, her school headmistress commending that the course had been the making of her.
So if the Outward Bound experience can turn out marathon runners, world-famous musicians and TV presenters, just imagine what it could do for you.