Charities with which Chris is actively involved:
Back-Up Trust (Patron): This organization provides information and support for those affected by spinal cord injury, their families and friends.
Bendrigg Trust (Patron): The Bendrigg Trust specialises in delivering high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. We aim to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.
Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust (Trustee): The trust was established to promote literature by providing an annual award to authors of literary works, the central theme of which is concerned with mountains. The prize of £3,000 commemorates the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker and is given to the author or co-authors of an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.
British Exploring Society: The Objective of the Society is to advance the education of young people by providing inspirational and challenging scientific expeditions to remote, wild environments and so promote the development of their confidence, teamwork, leadership and spirit of adventure and exploration.
British Orienteering Foundation (President): The governing body of orienteering in the UK providing news and information about fixtures, rankings etc.
Campaign for National Parks (Vice-President): The Campaign for National Parks is here to protect, stand up for and expand the National Parks family. We work with a wide variety of people and organisations to address issues affecting National Parks and take action to keep these beautiful places safe.
Community Action Nepal (Patron): Community Action Nepal (CAN) helps to bring long term benefits to these resourceful and proud mountain people. CAN has established more than 50 community projects focusing on health, water and sanitation, schools, education and cultural development.
Friends of the Lake District (Vice-President): The only charity wholly dedicated to protecting Cumbria’s landscape for the future.
The Himalayan Trust (President): Sir Edmund Hillary created The Himalayan Trust in 1960 to provide basic infrastructure for the Sherpas including education, health, forests and monastery repairs. The Trustees are all volunteers. We receive no money and pay all our own travel costs to Nepal and elsewhere.
LEPRA Health in Action (President): LEPRA’s work fighting diseases of poverty covers not just medical treatment but also health education, preventative measures and economic rehabilitation. LEPRA Health in Action’s vision is a world in which the poorest and most marginalised people have equitable access to health and an improved quality of life.
Mountain Heritage Trust (Trustee): This organisation seeks to identify and collect material which documents Britain’s vibrant climbing and mountaineering history.
Nick Estcourt Award: Nick Estcourt was killed in an avalanche on K2 whilst taking part in the 1978 attempt to climb the West Ridge. The NICK ESTCOURT AWARD was established to commemorate his climbing achievements and to encourage future generations of expedition mountaineers.
Outward Bound: The Outward Bound Trust helps as many young people as possible to have access to safe, adventurous experiences through which they can raise their self-esteem, realise their full potential and achieve more than they ever thought possible. We offer programmes for schools, individuals and organisations.
Youth Hostels Association: (Vice-President): YHA is aiming to reach out and enhance the lives of all young people. We operate a network of more than 200 Youth Hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns across England and Wales. The first Youth Hostel was started 100 years ago and since then the idea has spread right around the world.
The UK Scout Association: The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25.
Chris is also a supporter of the following charities:
Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (Patron): The charity was set up in memory of Andy Fanshawe, one of Britain’s leading mountaineers at the time of his death in 1992. We give grants that allow disadvantaged young people to take up opportunities to experience the great outdoors. We usually support programmes run by schools or youth groups, mostly within the UK.
The Britain-Nepal Medical Trust (Patron): BNMT aims to assist the people of Nepal to improve their health through the realisation of their health rights. It does this by working with the Ministry of Health, international and local non-governmental organisations, local committees and communities.
British Lung Foundation (Vice-President): One in seven people in the UK suffer from lung disease, but in Himalayan countries, where many people live at high altitudes, this number rises dramatically. This organisation helps to fund research projects and gives information and support.
Calvert Trust: The Calvert Trust aims to enable people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. We have over 30 years of experience in delivering exciting, challenging and enjoyable outdoor activity adventures to all ages and abilities.
Himalayan Environment Trust: To moblilize support from mountaineers, trekkers, alpine clubs, adventure tour operators and the Himalayan region governments, to protect the Himalayan environment, its flora and fauna and natural resources as well as protect the customs and interests of the local people.
John Muir Trust: John Muir Trust are the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK. Inspired by the work, spirit and legacy of John Muir, our members care passionately about wild places wherever they may be, and the diversity of life they support.
The Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust: The family of Jonathan Conville established the Trust after he died on the Matterhorn in the winter of 1979, aged 27. The Trust’s aims are to encourage and assist young people to train for and pursue their love of the outdoors in the spirit of adventure, which Jonathan embraced during his life.
The Juniper Trust: The Juniper Trust was founded in 1994 by a group of volunteers, inspired by writer and teacher Angela Locke. Today Angela is still actively involved and all of the committee members volunteer their time freely to support worthwhile causes all over the world. We have no overheads and we can guarantee that all of your donation will go directly into a project of your choice and you can be confident no money is wasted.