Shackleton sets sail for the Antarctic 100 years ago today

The Endurance set sail from Plymouth 100 years ago today. The following is an excerpt from South, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s account of the Endurance expedition.

“Towards the end of July all was ready, when suddenly the war clouds darkened over Europe. It had been arranged for the Endurance to proceed to Cowes, to be inspected by His Majesty on the Monday of Cowes week. But on Friday I received a message to say that the King would not be able to go to Cowes. My readers will remember how suddenly came the menace of war. Naturally both my comrades and I were greatly exercised as to the probable outcome of the danger threatening the peace of the world. We sailed from London on Friday, August 1, 1914, and anchored off Southend all Saturday. On Sunday afternoon I took the ship off Margate, growing hourly more anxious as the ever-increasing rumours spread; and on Monday morning I went ashore and read in the morning paper the order for general mobilization.

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I immediately went on board and mustered all hands and told them that I proposed to send a telegram to the Admiralty offering the ships, stored, and, if they agreed, our own services to the country in the event of war breaking out. All hands immediately agreed, and I sent off a telegram in which everything was placed at disposal of the Admiralty. We only asked that, in the event of the declaration of the war, the Expedition might be considered as a single unit, so as to preserve its homogeneity. There were enough trained and experiences men amongst us to man a destroyer. Within an hour I received a laconic wire from the Admiralty saying “Proceed.” Within two hours a longer wire came from Mr. Winston Churchill, in which we were thanked for our offer, and saying that the authorities desired that the Expedition, which had the full sanction and support of the Scientific and Geographical Societies, should go on.

So, according to these definite instructions, the Endurance sailed to Plymouth. On Tuesday the King sent for me and handed me the Union Jack to carry on the Expedition. That night, at midnight, the war broke out. On the following Saturday, August 8, the Endurance sailed from Plymouth, obeying the direct orders of the Admiralty.”

Finding “My Antarctic” on a brompton

Tim Fright, Shackleton Trustee, wrote the following article for Cambridge MBA Inside Stories.

On 22nd September 2014 I will cycle a fold-up Brompton bicycle from London to Geneva. I expect the journey to be around 700 miles and should (bearing minor mishaps and misfortunes) take less than ten days. Just one issue-I don’t have much experience in long bike rides and I’m a near-awful navigator.

I am doing this to raise money for the Shackleton Foundation, a charitable foundation who believes that a new generation of charismatic leaders are needed to help solve some of the most difficult problems in society. The Shackleton Foundation gives seed grants of up to £10,000 to inspirational leaders who are creating charitable ventures to help disadvantaged children at risk of falling behind. This year they are running a fundraising campaign “My Antarctic” which is looking for people to challenge themselves to do something that scares them in order to raise money for charity. This cycle to Geneva is my Antarctic.

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My ten minute cycle from the flat to Cambridge Judge Business School is alas a little too short to classify as a training session. I have however been able to get a few rides out around the Cambridge countryside. As you can see, being in Cambridge the year it hosted the Tour de France stage 3 has meant that there have been even more emphasis on cycling than usual.

Over the next month or two I’ll be getting more miles under my belt and planning the final logistics. I’m aiming for roughly 80 miles a day and will send photos and updates along the way.

The Shackleton Foundation look for people with risk-based projects that are innovative, scalable, and facilitate disadvantaged children reaching their potential. I’ve been a trustee of the charity for the past 7 and a half years and if you have a moment, and are interested in donating I’d be grateful if you could check out the following address.

The Shackleton Foundation welcomes Lorraine Kelly

The Shackleton Foundation is thrilled to announce today (30.6.2014) that Lorraine Kelly is joining as an Ambassador.

lorraine kellyLorraine Kelly is a television presenter and journalist best-known for presenting morning television shows. Lorraine currently presents her self-titled television programme on ITV every week day.

Upon joining the Shackleton Foundation Lorraine said “I am delighted to become a Shackleton Foundation Ambassador. Shackleton has always been my absolute hero. His leadership skills and sheer strength of character led to his astonishing achievement of saving the lives of all his men against all the odds. Inspired by the spirit of Shackleton, the charity improves the lives of disadvantaged young people, which is something I have always been passionate about. I am looking forward to being on board!”

Lorraine joins Anton Oliver to become the Shackleton Foundation’s second ambassador. Anton Oliver is a former All Blacks player and captain, earning 53 caps for his country and playing for 13 years.

Commenting on the appointment Bill Shipton, the Foundation’s chairman, said “I am absolutely delighted that Lorraine Kelly has agreed to be a Shackleton Foundation Ambassador at an important time for us – we are preparing to celebrate the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition to Antarctica which set off in 1914.”

Founded in 2007, by descendants of the original Nimrod expedition, the Shackleton Foundation celebrates the legacy of the great man in a 21st century context.

The Shackleton Foundation provides a unique solution to the varied problems of today’s disadvantaged youth. They do this by providing seed-funding to social entrepreneurs with innovative projects that make a positive impact to the lives of young people. People prepared to take a risk to help others less fortunate themselves – truly in the spirit of Shackleton.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The Shackleton Foundation:

  • seeks to help disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people. It does this by supporting aspiring Leaders and social entrepreneurs who exemplify the spirit of Shackleton with seed-funding to make their ideas a reality. In particular the charity’s trustees, who review applications for potential funding, are looking for leadership, innovation, enterprise, inspiration, ambition, endurance and courage in the applications. Each grant recipient is mentored by a trustee to ensure that their inspirational ideas really will make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.
  • likes to support Leaders with high risk, but high potential projects. The Leaders that are awarded funding by the Shackleton Foundation are often considered too risky or too early in the endeavour for other funders, and often struggle to gain funding from traditional sources.

Web: www. shackletonfoundation.org/

Twitter: @ShackletonF

Facebook: /ShackletonFoundation

For further information please contact

Laura Pedley | laura.pedley@shackletonfoundation.org

Henry Worsley, Trustee, is interviewed about his expeditions

“Henry Worsley is a superior adventurer, a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, with his book In Shackleton’s Footsteps: A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic a captivating author and change maker. Being a descendant of Frank Worsley, the skipper and captain of the Endurance, he undertook an extraordinary expedition to follow in the footsteps of his forbears to the heart of the Antarctic. Apart from this he helped set up The Shackleton Foundation which aims to support people who embody the leadership style and spirit of Ernest Shackleton.”

Henry discusses his expeditions, his life in Washington DC, his passion for painting and the Shackleton Foundation.

Click here for the full podcast.

 

 

 

Shackleton Leader, Carina Millstone, celebrates 5th birthday of her project

The Shackleton Foundation gave a Leadership award to Carina Millstone to Launch the London Orchard Project. The project works with community groups across London, mapping, planting, nurturing, restoring, harvesting fruit trees. Through these urban orchards, Carina hoped to strengthen communities, improve well-being and build resilience - this year Carina will plant her 100th orchard in London.

In the past five years The London Orchard Project staff have shared their experiences at conferences across the UK, in Europe and the US, and have had hundreds of activists, community groups and local councils seeking advice, wishing to launch their very own urban community orchards. So, at their fifth birthday party in May 2014 The London Orchard Project re-launched as The Urban Orchard Project.

So, happy birthday to Carina and The London Orchard Project. We are so proud of what you have achieved, and we cannot wait to witness the success of The Urban Orchard Project throughout the country.

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Shackleton Leader honoured with launch party at the House of Commons

Baillie Aaron co-founded Spark Inside, a social enterprise start-up that won the 2011 Cambridge University Entrepreneur’s Social Enterprise Award.

Spark Inside’s mission is to provide court-involved young people with opportunities for role modelling, inspiration, success, and enrichment through its coaching program. Studies have consistently shown that at-risk young people benefit tremendously from on-going mentorship relationships. The Spark Inside programme is based on empirically-tested best practices and provides adult coaches for youth in custody, commencing during their sentence and extending through to their community re-entry.

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Spark Inside was being honoured with a launch at the House of Commons, and the Shackleton Foundation was invited to attend. Trustees, Matthew and Joanna, attended and had the most fascinating two hours with Baillie, her co-workers, trustees, MPs, and supporters from all walks of life.

Having finished her pilot project very successfully, Baillie has just received enough government funding to pay for the coaching of 160 of the highest risk young people in the criminal justice system in the next year.

We are very proud of what she has managed to achieve with Spark Inside, and we look forward to seeing what is to come!

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Trustee visits latest Shackleton Leader, Alanna O’Garro

Alanna O’Garro, Managing Director of Rivers Coaching. One of our trustees visited Alanna to see Rivers Coaching in action:

We have experienced 20 years of intense educational reform and our standards of education still do not match our international counterparts. Parents, teachers and children still have to battle through a minefield of finding an institution of education they deserve. This is because there is a lack of equity of education for children in Britain today.

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With over 90% of Britain’s children being educated in state schools, teachers are presented with a job that far extends teaching their subject. Low levels of literacy, low levels of numeracy, poverty, constraints of school budgets are just some of the factors that have a negative impact on teaching and learning, thereby leading to a disparity in education for those who achieve and those who do not.

Teachers are continuously pressured to meet the unrealistic demands of those that don’t stand in the classroom every day. They are left overworked, demoralized and disenchanted. Their professional development is neglected and not prioritized. CPD becomes a mere tick-boxing activity and rarely makes a difference in the classroom.

Rivers Coaching was established to support teachers, and continue the training process when in post, improving education.

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The Shackleton Foundation Strengthens Board

The Shackleton Foundation, the charity which supports people who exemplify the spirit of Sir Ernest Shackleton, has strengthened its board of trustees with the appointment of Abel Hadden it is announced today (6 March 2014).

AbelAbel Hadden is a partner at leading international communications company Bell Pottinger and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience at an important time in the development of the charity.

Commenting on the appointment Bill Shipton, The Shackleton Foundation’s chairman, said ‘I am thrilled that Abel has agreed to join us as we prepare to celebrate the centenary of perhaps Sir Ernest Shackleton’s most famous expedition to Antarctica which set off in 1914.’

Founded in 2007, by descendants of the original Nimrod expedition, the Shackleton Foundation celebrates the legacy of the great man in a 21st century context.

The Shackleton Foundation provides a unique solution to the varied problems of today’s disadvantaged youth. They do this by providing seed-funding to ambitious people who exemplify the spirit of Sir Ernest Shackleton: inspirational leaders with innovative projects that make a positive impact to the lives of young people.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The Shackleton Foundation

  • seeks to help disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people. It does this by supporting aspiring Leaders and social entrepreneurs who exemplify the spirit of Shackleton with seed-funding to make their ideas a reality. In particular the charity’s trustees, who review applications for potential funding three times a year (usually in February, May and October) are looking for leadership, innovation, enterprise, inspiration, ambition, endurance and courage in the applications. Each grant recipient is mentored by a trustee to ensure that their inspirational ideas really will make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.
  • likes to support Leaders with high risk, but high potential projects. The Leaders that are awarded funding by the Shackleton Foundation are often considered too risky or too early in the endeavour for other funders, and often struggle to gain funding from traditional sources.

Twitter: @ShackletonF

Facebook: /ShackletonFoundation

Shackleton Leader, Baillie Aaron, does TEDx talk

Shackleton Leader Baillie Aaron, co-founder and Executive Director of Spark Inside, was invited to speak at TEDx event called “unlabelled” in London’s Covent Garden. Baillie spoke on the subject of dropping the label “ex-offender” for people that have spent time in prison.

Spark Inside’s mission is to provide court-involved young people with opportunities for role modelling, inspiration, success, and enrichment through its coaching program. Studies have consistently shown that at-risk young people benefit tremendously from on-going mentorship relationships. The Spark Inside programme is based on empirically-tested best practices and provides adult coaches for youth in custody, commencing during their sentence and extending through to their community re-entry.

Once a thief, always a thief?:

Cause4′s My Antarctic Challenge

The Shackleton Foundation believes everyone has an ‘Antarctic’. ‘My Antarctic’ invites you to take on a personal fear or challenge. We have previously showcased the ‘My Antarctic’ challenges of our Trustees, Matthew (nude modelling) and Karen (spending a night on the streets), and our Ambassador Anton Oliver (performing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra). Cause4 was the first company to take on a team challenge.

IMG_0346Armed with a picture of Shackleton and a map, the Cause4 team donned their walking boots to raise money for the Shackleton Foundation. The Cause4 ‘My Antarctic’ challenge was to complete Shackleton’s mission to the South Pole. The team started at the Shackleton statue at the Royal Geographical Society and finished at the ‘South Pole’ on the Great Map at the National Maritime Museum, stopping off at Burberry, Fortnum and Masons, and the Whisky Exchange along the way to ‘pick up’ his supplies.

The challenge provided a great opportunity for teambuilding, and for putting into practice Shackleton’s refusal to leave a team member behind. The team found that the importance of strong leadership really shone through when discussing the best way to navigate the way to each location. By working as a team on a fun activity outside of the office, different skills came to the forefront and the team bonded in a greater way than we would have done in the workplace.

Here’s what the team had to say about the challenge:IMG_0366

This was a really fun and interactive way to learn about Shackleton and the relevance his experience still has for the modern today – for example how important it is to have someone to take charge and provide leadership, and how much better it is when everyone sticks together to make sure no one gets left behind.’ – Zoe Dean, Development Coordinator.

I really enjoyed seeing bits of London I’ve never been to, as well as spending time with the rest of the Cause4 team (important since I’m relatively new to the organisation) and most importantly finding out more about Shackleton and what he did.’ – Katrina Black, Project Coordinator – Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme.

IMG_0361I learnt about Shackleton’s team spirit when the team didn’t abandon me when I was slowing them down!’ – Isabel Richards, Associate.

It was fun to be out of the office with the team for the day.’ – Sam Davis, Development Coordinator.

You can find out some more information about the Cause4 team challenge, and donate to their challenge here.

If you want to find out more about bespoke challenges for your company, please contact laura.pedley@cause4.co.uk.