Join TEAM 25! and take on your own personal challenge


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Calling all adventurous people...

Adventure and personal challenge are at the very heart of what we do at the Youth Adventure Trust.

Team 25 started in 2017 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and calls upon all intrepid individuals to take on a personal challenge and raise some money to help vulnerable young people climb their own personal mountains.

Run a marathon, do an endurance bike ride, swim the oceans or take to the air - do whatever you fancy and we will support you every step of the way.

Louise Bird would be delighted to talk to you about your ideas, advise you on planning, training and fundraising and be your own personal cheer leader.  Email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about joining TEAM 25!

 If you need some inspiration then take a look at what some of our other TEAM 25! members are doing this year:


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The Big Abseil 2019

In June, volunteer mentor Shaun braved a 130ft abseil down the Jury’s Inn Hotel, Swindon, to raise £395 for YAT, alongside his mentee Christopher, who was fundraising towards a school trip to Kenya next year.

Christopher completed the Youth Adventure Programme last year, and has been working with Shaun to continue building up his self-belief and trust. Ever since Christopher discovered a love for climbing during the Programme, many of their mentoring sessions have been held at their local climbing centre, with Shaun helping to show him the ropes!

“It was great to do the abseil together! My mentee Chris did himself (and me) proud. Despite a few jitters at the top he fully committed and did the whole thing like a walk in the park.”

Jake Greenwood Challenge

Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge 2019

Jake Greenwood undertook an incredible 100km Ultra Challenge along the Cotswold Way, hiking through night and day on one of the hottest weekends of the year to raise £1,602 for Youth Adventure Trust!

“I wanted to work with a charity that helps give young people the opportunity to rewrite their narrative and live fully. I loved the idea of taking on an outdoor challenge to help young people take on their own challenge – and giving them access to the childhood adventures I had. I want to give them the power of the outdoors. Everyone deserves it.”

Further Further

London Marathon 2018

Earlier this year, Adam Sweetman braved the ferocity of the elements in the Brecon Beacons with his team, Intel Outside, in our 10 Peaks Challenge. Now, Adam has decided to go solo for the Youth Adventure Trust in the 2018 London Marathon.

Walking boots - make way for running shoes, for a little while anyway!

Happy training Adam!

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Ethiopia Simien Mountains Trek

Earlier this year Tim Davis took part in our 10 Peaks Challenge in the Brecons but this was merely the warm up! In October Tim swaps the rain of Wales for the extreme temperatures of Africa when he treks the stunning Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia. The ultimate goal is the summit of Ras Dashen (4,533m), Ethiopia’s highest mountain but along the way Tim is bound to enjoy some stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and fund-raise to help our young people to experience their own adventures. Good luck Tim! (photo Tim Davis)

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Leading by Example: Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race

In the Spring, Youth Adventure Trust CEO Mark Davies and his team of Trustees and Ambassadors will be taking part in the 2018 International Canoe Race which starts Devizes in our Wiltshire homeland and finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The race is a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning as its not only 125 miles long but also contains 77 portages to circumnavigate! The route is well tested as there has been an official race along this route since 1948.  Now all our illustrious leaders need are some boats…!

Scilly to Skye by Bike


Over the summer YAT friend and map-maker HB took to the saddle and peddled up country and raised some money for our young people along the way. In his own words:

What: A solo, unsupported bike ride 1400ish miles from the southernmost part of Britain (Isles of Scilly) to the northernmost (Shetland).

Who: Humphrey Butler, esq. 42 years of age. Mapmaker of dubious credentials. Medium-paced cyclist. Why: Why the **** not? Britain's a beautiful place and besides - I could use the exercise. And I'd like to raise some funds for two excellent charities.
(photo HB)

IMG 20170712 WA0004 CopyThe Cotswold Way Challenge

In July Louise and Caroline took on the Cotswold Way Challenge.  They walked 100km from Bath to Cheltenham in 24 hours, an ultra- achievement!

John BennettsSwimming Lake Windermere

In early September.  John took on the beautiful and challenging Windermere One Way, swimming along the length of Windermere from Fell Foot to Low Wray - the full 10 miles (or perhaps slightly further?!)  The water was cold and wet but the weather was kind. All in all ‘an epic weekend!’ Thanks John!

Cotswold Triathlon

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It began with a beautiful sun-rise over the lake when Kate Woodward arrived at the start point and it was all over before the rain could dampen her spirits as Kate completed the Cotswold Tri in 1:22:32. Well done and thank you Kate and al your sponsors for supporting our young people so generously.
(Photo Kate)


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Robotics student Jeremy May is a novice fundraiser but in July he bravely took to the skies this summer in support of our young people. Hopefully the start of something Jeremy?!...

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London Marathon

In April, YAT volunteer Elisha Hocking went for the big one. She ran her first ever marathon in London and was sponsored for YAT. Well run Elisha and thank you for supporting the Youth Adventure Trust!

Thistledown Explorers

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Our youngest group of Fundraisers this summer tackled pat of the Cotswold Way and hiked 20 miles in two blisteringly hot days, camping in between and raising money for our young people. Thanks guys. Fancy the whole route next year?!
(photo Thistledown)

Sarah Outen portrait smallSarah Outen – Ambassador Extraordinaire

Youth Adventure Trust Ambassador and volunteer, Sarah Outen, will be taking on a challenge for the Youth Adventure Trust in 2018. Sarah has set herself the target of raising £3,300 over the course of the year, enough to cover the cost of one place on our Youth Adventure Programme and enabling us to plan ahead. Thank you, Sarah!





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