Working to keep people healthy and our planet wild
At the heart of the global wilderness community for 40 years, the Wilderness Foundation UK protects wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities.
The Wilderness Foundation UK harnesses the positive power of wilderness to change lives and the positive power of humanity to save wilderness. Our dual goal is to preserve wild spaces and to enable people – especially the young – to experience their life-giving power.
We announce with immense pride and honour that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have personally chosen The Wilderness Foundation UK as one of seven charities to receive donations in place of wedding gifts, in celebration of their engagement and wedding on 19 th May 2018.
The couple wish for the generosity of spirit shown to them by the public since the announcement of their engagement to continue to benefit as many people as possible through these chosen charities, such as ourselves. Our focus on mental wellbeing and connecting people to wild nature resonates with the couple, reflecting issues which have been of particular interest over their lives to date.
Donations will support the work of the charity in transforming the lives of vulnerable young people with personal and mental health issues, growing environmental awareness through education and leadership, and connecting people and communities to green space and the value of time spent outdoors.
Information on all the charities selected for donations can be found here:
The following is an example of the incredible work our teams do to help those in need.
“Sam had suffered extreme domestic violence, emotional and physical abuse. He was living with his mother in a women’s refuge when he was referred to us by Essex youth services at 15. He was very angry and physically strong presenting a major risk to himself and others. His school attendance was around 26% due to social anxiety, and he had poor grades, although he obviously was extremely bright and capable.
He struggled initially on TurnAround due to his anger, anxiety, and depression from his past… but we all persevered. We used wilderness therapy, mentoring, social and behaviour change workshops, family support and drove him to school each morning. He gradually softened, shifted gears and completed his A levels with excellent results.
Sam is now studying law in a Russell group university, is articulate and ambitious, has solid family relationships, is doing work experience for a large commercial company, and helps the Foundation as an advocate. He is keen to help others who have experienced similar backgrounds to himself and is an inspiration.”
*not his real name