2015 Newsletter

Robin Chu Receives Grant 6th July 2015

 

Robin Chu

Robin Chu photo resizedRobin Chu is the Founder of CoachBright, which helps disadvantaged children win places at top universities through performance coaching.

Currently, still too many pupils from low-income communities fail to fulfil their academic potential and make the leap from school to university.  Robin and his brother being the first in his family to go on to university knows the unique benefits a university education can bring in terms of increased job prospects, opportunities and cultural capital.

CoachBright matches a current pupil with a professionally trained university student or graduate coach. Through a self-directed, values driven, coaching approach they help pupils improve their grades, confidence and daily expectations so they can become independent and resilient learners.  Their vision is that each pupil, regardless of background, can fulfil their potential and lead the lives they want.

Robin is going to put the Shackleton Leadership Award towards funding three school-based programmes so CoachBright can successfully coach 60 school pupils helping refine and finesse the programme so they can impact on many more pupils in future years to come.

Sarah Wallbank Receives Grant 30th June 2015

Sarah Wallbank

Sarah Wallbank resizedYes Futures is an education charity run by Sarah Wallbank.  As a qualified teacher with over ten years’ experience in youth engagement, Sarah is passionate about the power of extra-curricular activities in boosting the confidence, resilience and life skills of young people.

The Yes Futures Programme is designed to empower young people to achieve new successes in a range of unfamiliar environments, developing their skills and ultimately increasing their access to fulfilling future lives.  We work with disadvantaged young people, who have been identified by their schools or youth groups.  Our fully-trained Yes Futures Coaches support and motivate our participants through a developmental journey of immersive, challenging experiences and integrated Career Coaching.

After a successful pilot in 2014, the Shackleton Leadership Award is enabling Sarah to work full time on the official launch of Yes Futures Programmes and develop a strong team to support its delivery.

Two New Trustees Appointed

The Shackleton Foundation, the charity which supports social entrepreneurs in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s mould, has strengthened its board of trustees it is announced today ( 27 May 2015).

  • Plum Lomax – Deputy Head of Funders at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), the charity think tank and consultancy. ‘Plum brings to the Foundation a wealth of knowledge about the grant-making landscape, having worked at NPC for over 11 years, advising a wide range of donors on all aspects of their giving.’PL photo
  • Mark Gwynne – Polygon Global Partners, London. ‘Mark’s insight from 25 years professional experience in law, investment banking and investment management at Clifford Chance, Merrill Lynch and since 2007 with Polygon Global Partners will boost significantly the Foundation’s fundraising capability.’MG_Photo

Commenting on the appointments, Bill Shipton, the Shackleton Foundation’s Chairman said ‘These key appointments will enable us to extend our work beyond the 20 Shackleton Leaders we have supported since 2007. I am delighted to welcome Plum and Mark to the team.’

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.

Shackleton’s Diary by Kirsty Patterson (14)

 A remarkable diary of Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition has been created by 14 year old Kirsty Patterson as part of her school project. Click here to see the whole diary.

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Jayne Hardy Receives Grant 3rd March 2015

Jayne Hardy

Jayne Hardy picJayne Hardy is the Founder of The Blurt Foundation. Blurt is dedicated to helping those affected by depression and passionately believes that mental health is just as important as physical health.

Blurt raises awareness, provides tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help.  Blurt also works closely with medical practitioners, employers, schools and companies to help them understand depression, what it means and how they can support those affected by it.

Jayne has been named by Marketing Magazine as one of the UK’s Top 100 Digital Mavericks 2015, and was the winner of the TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2012.  She has also been shortlisted in the Mind Mark Hansen Digital Media Category in 2013 and in the Mum And Working Most Inspiring Business Parent Category in 2015.  Jayne has been recognised as a pioneer in overcoming obstacles to use the power of the Internet to bring about social change.

Jayne is going to use the Shackleton Foundation funding towards the costs of re-launching Blurt’s Email Support Scheme which aims to successfully match 2,500 people affected by depression, to an online mentor within the next 12 months.

Foundation Appoints New Trustee

The Shackleton Foundation is pleased to announce that it has appointed Claudia Bradby as a new trustee. Read the full press release here.

New Shackleton Biography

By Endurance We Conquer by Michael SmithA new biography of Sir Ernest Shackleton has been published: Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer, by Michael Smith. It has been described as the first comprehensive biography of Shackleton since the 1980s and brings a fresh perspective to a compelling, charismatic and extraordinary man.

Ernest Shackleton is one of history’s great explorers, an extraordinary character who pioneered the path to the South Pole over 100 years ago and became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. A charismatic personality, his incredible adventures on four expeditions have captivated generations and inspired a dynamic, modern following in business leadership. None more so than the Endurance mission, where Shackleton’s commanding presence saved the lives of his crew when their ship was crushed by ice and they were turned out on to the savage frozen landscape. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life, marked by romantic affairs, unfulfilled ambitions, overwhelming debts and failed business ventures, contrasted with his celebrity status as a leading explorer.

Drawing on extensive research of original diaries and personal correspondence, Michael Smith’s definitive biography brings a fresh perspective to our understanding of this complex man and the heroic age of polar exploration.

Tim Fright writes about his ‘My Antarctic’ challenge: cycling from London-Geneva

Tim antarctic setting offAs part of the Shackleton Foundation’s My Antarctic campaign I cycled a Brompton bicycle from London to Geneva via Paris last month. This was a solo journey of 650 miles or so (1000km) completed in one week using a Garmin sat nav and Google maps.

I undertook this challenge because navigation has never been my strong point (several friends and colleagues will readily agree to this). Because of this, I was nervous ahead of the start of a) getting lost b) not being able to speak French properly and c) looking foolish in front of friends and colleagues if I did not succeed. In essence the challenge was a fear of the unknown, and a fear of failure. These hurdles however, were smaller than I thought.

Tim antarctic Eiffel Tower

I was outside of my comfort zone, and at first, the challenge seemed a little overwhelming. Breaking the distance down day by day into its constituent parts helped however. As did the support via Twitter of the Shackleton Foundation, Brompton and many other friends and supporters. As the days passed my confidence in my own abilities grew. I was also able to tell when the sat nav was mistakenly suggesting alternative routes (often).

There were several days were thing had gone wrong, or the ups were steeper then the downs. Without those moments however, the satisfaction in completing my challenge would be that much smaller.

Tim Antarctic fieldFinally, I had time on the bike to reflect on what I was doing, and why I was doing it. The Shackleton Foundation has been able to find some incredible people, creating new charitable ventures that are making real differences in peoples lives. The My Antarctic challenge helps us to continue to find more like-minded people to support. If you have any spare change down the back of the sofa please donate. Just as important, however: do you have a challenge that you think you can beat, and raise money for charity? Do it. You’ll be surprised what you can do!

 

Tim’s My Antarctic Challenge – an update from the road

Shackleton Foundation trustee, Tim Fright, is currently cycling from London to Geneva on a fold-up Brompton bike to raise money for the charity.

Tim Antarctic day 4He has written an update from the road:

“Overall the going’s been good so far and I’ve been lucky enough to see some fantastic parts of the English and French countryside. A few minor mishaps with the sat nav taking me on unpaved roads, closed roads and farm tracks has been deeply frustrating but dinner and bed never fail to make up for the travails of the day!

Right knee a little upset so now the fun begins as the second half is definitely more hilly! Please do keep that sponsorship coming – it is both much appreciated, and going to a very good cause!”

Found out more and donate on Tim’s fundraising page.