I was fortunate this week to receive an email from Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre in Wales, to say that I’d been awarded a bursary from the James Brownhill Memorial Fund.
James Brownhill was a young mountaineer who enjoyed climbing in the UK and in the Alps. Sadly James died in an accident last year and his family have put together a fund for other mountaineers in his memory.
Please take a look at his website
I’m really honoured to be given the bursary, which'll help fund my Summer Mountain Leader Assessment in August - especially as the process of getting outdoor qualifications is expensive. The training and experience you receive through the NGB awards is also thorough and to the book.
Though University clubs, like LUUHC, don't need formal qualifications - year's of experience are mightier than NGB paperwork - the training establishes a standard of mountaineer. For anyone looking to do voluntary or paid summer leader jobs in the future, it's an immediate sign to employers that you've got the skills.
Some other bits of funding...