We would like to thank our generous supporters, who include:


Pentland is a third generation, family owned, global brand management group, operating in sports, outdoor and fashion.  The Group owns global brands such as Speedo, Mitre, ellesse and Berghaus and licenses Lacoste and Ted Baker.  It sells its products in 195 countries.

BAA Communities Trust

The BAA Communities Trust is the grant making charity of BAA, which supports projects in communities closest to BAA’s airports. Particular focus is placed on projects that create learning opportunities for young people, raise their aspirations, and provide airport staff a chance to get involved in the community.  In 2011, BAA Communities Trust sponsored approx. 150 young people from the boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing to take part in The Challenge.

Martin & Judith Ainscough Charity Trust

The Martin & Judith Ainscough Charity Trust supported The Challenge in Wigan, allowing 120 16 year olds to take part in the summer of 2011.

Having built up the family business, Ainscough Crane Hire, into the largest independent crane hire company in the country, Martin now runs Ainscough Group which specialises in Corporate and Property investment. Martin & his wife Judith have their own Charitable Trust which offers grants to a wide variety of projects and causes. Martin is also the Vice Chairman of the Princes’ Trust North West Leadership Group.

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund gives out millions from the National Lottery to causes which improve health, education and the environment. The Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant to The Challenge to fund the Real Challenge in 2011 and 2012. The grant will specifically go towards funding new team mentors, logistics officers and event officers who make the Real Challenge happen, as well as contributing towards recruitment, venue and overhead costs associated with this part of the programme.

The Bonita Trust

The Bonita Trust is an independent philanthropic trust, founded in 2004 in Gibraltar. It aims to help communities address important health and education challenges by leveraging new technologies and internet-based solutions.

The Bonita Trust are funding the development of The Challenge Network’s on line presence, redevelopment of the website and improvement of technology for signing up young people to the programme in 2012.

Boltini Trust

The Boltini Trust supports causes and organisations in England deemed particularly worthwhile by its trustees. In 2011, the trust awarded a grant to fund The Challenge programme. The Challenge Network were also pleasantly surprised to receive a further donation in 2012 towards our recent programme expansion.

The City Bridge Trust

The City Bridge Trust is the grant making arm of the Bridge House Estates – an ancient charity managed by the City of London Corporation. The Trust aims to tackle disadvantage by supporting charitable activities throughout Greater London. In 2011 the trust awarded a grant to The Challenge Network and through the grant helped to pilot the programme in Lambeth and Lewisham.

London South Bank University

With over 25,000 students, LSBU is one of the largest universities in London. Their flexible courses and qualifications of various levels attract numerous full and part-time students from throughout the UK and internationally. Since 1892 LSBU have been providing students with relevant real world opportunities, meeting the needs for a professionally-focused workforce. Additionally, LSBU is keen to support the development of young people and the local community.

In 2011 LSBU provided The Challenge in South London with space throughout the summer.

Barbara and Stanley Fink Foundation

Stanley Fink is the Chief Executive of International Standard Asset Management (ISAM), a London-based commodities trader specialising in gold markets and a keen philanthropist. Through his grant making Foundation, Stanley Fink supports projects with measurable impact in education, health or academia and public policy promotion. Stanley Fink was one of the original supporters of The Challenge, and this year marks his third donation to the programme.

Social Business Trust

The Social Business Trust (SBT) is a partnership of world-class businesses combining their resources and expertise to help accelerate the growth of social enterprises.  SBT offered The Challenge in-kind advisory support as well as financial investment which will be used to provide support that will enable The Challenge to strengthen its commercial capabilities as a social enterprise, whilst increasing the number of places available to young people to complete The Challenge experience. Thanks to SBT’s unique combination of cash and in-kind investment, The Challenge will be able to achieve its ambitious growth targets over the coming year.

The six founding partners of SBT are Bain & Company, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, Permira and Thomson Reuters.

Warburton Trust

Ross Warburton was one of the original supporters of The Challenge in 2009 and co-funded the initial concept feasibility study conducted through the Shaftesbury Partnership. This year the support provider through the Warburton Trust helped to launch The Challenge programme in North West England.

Previous supporters include:

ARK Schools

ARK Schools is an education charity that runs a range of health, welfare and education projects throughout the UK. ARK Schools provided financial support for The Challenge Programme in London and Birmingham in 2010, with students from four ARK Academies taking part in the programme.

Barbara and Stanley Fink Foundation

The Barbara and Stanley Fink Foundation was among the original supporters of The Challenge Network and has provided generous support over the past two years.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation

The Peter Cruddas Foundation gives priority to programmes designed to help disadvantaged young people develop their educational (including vocational) and general potential through a variety of means including sport, recreation or voluntary programmes.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation has been a cornerstone funder for The Challenge Network in the past two years.

In 2009 Peter Cruddas became the first Honorary Graduate of The Challenge.

Ray Chamberlain

Ray Chamberlain, Executive Chairman of Forward Group Plc, is a philanthropist and has been a cornerstone supporter of The Challenge in Birmingham. In 2010 he became an Honorary Graduate of The Challenge.

Clore Duffield Foundation

The Clore Duffield Foundation is an organisation that provides grants to charities which support education, the arts, museum and gallery education, cultural leadership training, health and social care and enhancement of Jewish life, whilst placing a particular emphasis on supporting children, young people and society’s more vulnerable individuals. The Foundation is chaired by Dame Vivien Duffield DBE, and the foundationa supported The Challenge in its first two years of existence.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council – Third Sector Investment Fund

Hammersmith & Fulham Council provided financial support to enable The Challenge programme to be delivered in Hammersmith & Fulham in 2010.

John Hart

John Hart was one of the first supporters of The Challenge, and became an Honorary Graduate of The Challenge in 2010. He continues to be a dedicated patron of the programme.

Garfield Weston Foundation

TheGarfield Weston Foundation is one of the largest charitable institutions in the country. The Foundation helps  a wide range of charitable activities, ranging from local community schemes to major national organisations. The foundation supported The Challenge programme in 2010.

Greater London Authority

The Greater London Authority provided financial support to The Challenge programme in London in 2010. Boris Johnson has also personally participated in several Graduation ceremonies of The Challenge in 2009 and 2010.

The Rayne Foundation

The Rayne Foundation aspires to understand and engage with the needs of UK society, and to find ways and means to address them. In 2009 the Foundation recognised the need to engage young people in social activism, and supported The Challenge programme.

Rachel and Anthony Williams

Rachel and Anthony Williams were amongst the first supporters of The Challenge programme in 2009 and provided generous support over the past two years.

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