Help build a stronger future for more young people.
Our Patrons Programme brings together committed individuals who want to make a tangible, life-long difference to young people. Each Patron provides transformational opportunities to those who can benefit most.
Thank you to our patrons:
Jon Bennett – Preet Chandi – Arabella Connell – David and Judy Dangoor – John and Catherine Hartz – Daragh and Anne Horgan – Tim Kirk – Alison Mansfield – Rahul Moodgal – George Moss – Jeremy Moss – Alistair Nelson – Michael Oakley – Moxton Education – Doug and Maryn Oppenheim – Reepa and Krupesh Patel – Tim Passingham – David Simonson – Ian and Janet Sinclair – Nigel Vardy
We look forward to welcoming you to our community.
COME AND JOIN US
The sustained support of our Patrons makes the life-defining impact of our programmes more accessible.
Many of the young people who would most benefit from our work lack the financial support to participate. With the support of philanthropists like you, we fully fund our programmes so that no young person needs to be left out, or behind.
To transform more young lives, we need to raise more funding from individuals who share our belief in the transformative power of intensive challenge and adventure.
Perhaps you’re one of them?
HOW YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A gift of £1,000+
£1000 transforms a life. It could enable a young person to experience the life-defining impact of training, expedition and further support through participation on a British Exploring Society expedition in the UK.
A gift of £2,100+
£2,100 feeds 10 Young Explorers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the duration of a three week expedition. Team rations are designed to meet the needs of the Fire in the environment they are tackling. It’s about more than just fuel – mealtimes on expedition are social and a chance to check in and see how everyone is doing.
A gift of £3,750+
£3,750 covers the cost of 5 expedition medical kits. When the nearest hospital may be many hours away, medical self-sufficiency is critical for our expeditions. We work with highly qualified medical teams and advisors to ensure that whether a Young Explorer is cursed with blisters, or at risk of something much more serious we have expedition medical kits (and the medics to use them) for our base camps and field teams to meet their needs.
A gift of £6,500+
£6,500 ensures duty officer support for an entire 3 week expedition. Our 24-hour duty operation team is a vital safety requirement to keep us in communication with our Leaders and Young Explorers as they challenge themselves in the wilderness.
A gift of £10,000+
£10,000 covers the cost of 50 expedition fit tents. British Exploring Society operates in wild and trackless places. We create our own basecamps from the ground up. Tents are our hotels. Everyone need to be able to carry their tents, to pitch them and pack them down swiftly.
A gift of £40,000+
£40,000 pays for the use of reliable 4WD vehicles for all expeditions in one season. We aim to be self-sufficient wherever we operate. Providing modern (where possible), transport options enable our Leaders to set up base camps and transport vital supplies to remote locations.
RECOGNISING YOUR CONTRIBUTION
Our Patrons make an outstanding contribution to the life of British Exploring Society and to our beneficiaries. We ensure that there are opportunities for you to meet with and hear from the young people you support – and from the people who support them, too, like our inspirational Leaders.
We will also recognise your support in ways, which could include:
- Regular personal updates from our CEO on key strategic developments
- Regular reports, which capture and communicate the impact of your support through the experiences and feedback of the young people you have helped.
- Recognition in published materials, including our annual Impact Report
- Complimentary tickets to British Exploring Society events
- The opportunity to meet other like-minded members of our community who share your enthusiasm and commitment to our work
"One of the reasons I went on expedition was to prove to myself that I can do the things that at first glance I feel like I wouldn’t be able to. I like to take going up the mountain really literally - many times I’ve heard that 'problems are like climbing a mountain' and there is something so rewarding and freeing knowing I’ve actually done that!"
Grace - Young Explorer, Dangoor Next Generation Iceland 2022
I completely opened myself up in an entirely new and thrilling environment. Not only did I return as a person who had developed a great deal and who had in many ways matured, I did so with many new friends at my side.
Gus - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2019
"What I have found the most interesting post-expedition is realising how much I’ve learnt from the other people in my fire and on expedition. 5 weeks is a long time to be around people you don’t know very well 24/7, so there’s a lot of time for talking, sometimes about trivial things but also about some serious issues and debates. I’ve found this is what I have been applying to life back home the most – reminiscing on these conversations and applying new world views to my own thinking."
Edie - Young Explorer, Kyrgyzstan 2022
"After the expedition I really do feel that I have a greater sense of self-confidence. The expedition has made me happy with who I am and confirmed the journey I want to embark on. I felt as though I could see my goals more clearly making me want to go on more expeditions in the future. On top of this I am even engaged in geographical dilemmas facing the world, which has made me more motivated to succeed in my studies and pursue a Geography degree."
Nye - Young Explorer, Hartz Scottish Explorers 2022
“My life goals became a lot clearer and I understand myself a lot more now. I know that in the future wherever I go and whatever I am doing this experience will still be holding a positive influence on my mindset. At the start of this expedition I was in the middle of nowhere with a large group of strangers, at the end I was in an amazing place with friends I now have for life.”
Ilayda - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2019
“We’ve embraced others, ourselves, but finally the stunning nature that has submerged us these last three weeks. Seeing the complete wilderness of this beautiful landscape has revealed… the little things can have such a big impact, which can be easily ignored when living in a fast-paced city… [it] has inspired us all to change our ways to conserve the wonderful world we live in.”
Kyle - Young Explorer, Dangoor Next Generation Iceland 2019
“Things changed for me this summer and my life was transformed when I found the inner strength to ignore the negativity of bullies and overcome my self-doubt and anxiety, to put myself forward and join the awe-inspiring, mixed ability, month-long Dangoor Infinity sea and land expedition of self-discovery to Iceland.”
Joshua - Young Explorer, Dangoor Infinity 2019
"Challenging myself to go on an expedition was the best thing I could have done at this stage in my life. The expedition, and everything that led up to it, was an incredibly rewarding, and life-affirming experience. I feel incredibly lucky to have spent such an extraordinary three weeks with a truly brilliant group of people, who I hope to stay in contact with and hopefully go on more adventures with in future."
Izzy - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2022
Life changing. I have learnt more about myself than I ever thought I could know, a journey of self-discovery. British Exploring attracts such a unique blend of people, you are definitely going to meet some friends for life - like minded people you never knew were out there that are just like you.
Dasha - Young Explorer, Amazon 2017
To see how far we had come in 3 weeks in terms of fitness was incredible but also seeing how much stronger we were emotionally was unbelievable. This experience proved that I can do anything I put my mind to and with determination and support from those around me anything is possible.
Charlotte - Young Explorer, Canadian Yukon 2019