British climber, Leo Houlding, attended the Outward Bound Ullswater Centre in the Lake District this week to announce his official appointment as a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust.
The 26-year-old from Cumbria is already a veteran of a score of epic ascents including Everest and the previously unclimbed Mirror Wall in Greenland, an achievement that was documented in a short film.
Leo was recruited into this new appointment by his friend, mentor and mountaineering legend, The Trust’s Deputy Patron, Sir Chris Bonington.
“It’s a real honour to be asked to be a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust because adventure in the wilderness has been a massive part of my life,” commented Leo. “I believe everyone should have access to outdoor learning and challenge. It’s been really kind to me and I’ve travelled the world as a result, so this is an opportunity to try and give something back to young people who may not have had the opportunity to do much of this kind of stuff.”
The Outward Bound Trust is the UK’s leading provider of bursary-assisted outdoor learning. It runs residential courses at its centres across the country.
Leo’s role and responsibilities as Trustee to The Outward Bound Trust will include promoting The Trust’s work and assisting with and advising on fundraising initiatives.