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Aim

Supporting the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, to help rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through sport and physical challenges.

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About

The Royal Foundation created the Endeavour Fund in 2012 to offer seed funding for sporting and adventure challenges, but also to help new initiatives with advice, hands-on support and mentoring. The Endeavour Fund works closely with other military charities to support many of these endeavours. These inspiring adventures highlight not just the activities of the participants, but also raise awareness of the challenges facing those who have sacrificed so much in service.

Taking part in an endeavour has a far wider-reaching impact than simply physical challenges. The Endeavour Fund aims to support proactive endeavours that lead to a better onward transition to civilian life – those that provide recognised qualifications, work experience or channels into employment.

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One of the Team Endeavour Thundercat racing team making final preperation before racing

Impact

Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported more than 950 Servicemen and women on 21 different endeavours in 13 nations across four continents.

In this next phase of the Endeavour Fund, our alumni are ideally placed to help these ‘hard to reach’ individuals rediscover their sense of purpose through sport.

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Future

Over the next three years the Endeavour Fund will focus on seeking out harder to reach Service personnel and veterans, and engage them on inspirational challenges. Existing Endeavour Fund alumni will be tasked with reaching out to those men and women who are still struggling to come to terms
with life after injury, and lacking the confidence and motivation to put themselves forward for an endeavour.

Partners

The Endeavour Fund is supported by an Advisory Board, which includes experienced adventurers and representatives from Walking With The Wounded, Row2Recovery and Battle Back (Help for Heroes).

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I was a Private Soldier from South Shields in north-east England serving with the Parachute Regiment in southern Afghanistan in 2011 when we came under attack by the Taliban. An explosion left me with shrapnel in my left leg and back, missing my spine by just three millimetres.

There were lots of surgeries, but the medical treatment was superb. I am now able to walk unaided after a year in a wheelchair and on crutches. I used to do lots of physical activities before, play a lot of rugby and climbing, but when I was injured I couldn’t do that anymore.

I first got into flying with Flying for Freedom, a charity supported by the Endeavour Fund. Flying has given me a new passion, something to look forward to. They pushed me to go for the Spitfire Scholarship, which is also supported by the Endeavour Fund.

When I was selected after an intensive process, it provided me with a new focus, purpose and drive that I rarely felt since being injured. It’s every boy’s dream to get into a Spitfire cockpit. The opportunity was also a critical turning point in my life as it provided me with the skills, confidence and experience to start my new career in aviation.

On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain I was part of the largest flypast of Spitfires and Hurricanes since World War II. I nearly didn’t fly because of a technical fault with my aircraft, but Prince Harry said I could have his seat, which I objected to – but he was pretty adamant. Thanks to the two endeavours I’ve engaged with, my future career pathway is looking so much brighter: I’ve gained pilot qualifications and even accepted a job in the aviation industry!

Caption: Nathan Forster (bottom right), other flight scholar Corporal Alan Robinson, (bottom left), Prince Harry and members of training team at Boultbee. From left: Chris Hadlow, Steve Boultbee Brooks, Phill O’Dell.