This programme is led by The Duke of Sussex, and was launched when HRH was a patron of The Royal Foundation.
The Endeavour Fund supports the ambitions of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans wishing to use sport and adventurous challenge as part of their recovery and onward rehabilitation.
Since 2012, The Royal Foundation has supported over 5,000 people to engage with sport, post injury. The variety of opportunities has been vast, from rowing oceans and crossing deserts, to running clubs and family triathlon events.
Over the past three years, The Endeavour Fund has committed to reaching the harder-to-reach and has partnered with organisations that work with veterans at risk of homelessness (including Alabare and The Stoll Foundation) and those with significant mental health issues (including Combat Stress) to ensure that sport and active lifestyles are available to those who they support.
From skiing to scuba diving, surfing to sailing, Endeavour Fund works with a range of organisation to create incredible adventurous challenges for the Armed Forces Community to get involved in. It is an honour to see those that have been injured in service use adventurous challenges to push the boundaries of what they believed to be possible.
The Endeavour Fund has utilised the enthusiasm of our alumni – those who have previously engaged with The Endeavour Fund and are ready to lead their own challenges; activating their personal networks to reach those who might only respond to the call of a fellow veteran. This approach has seen success in programmes such as Climb2Recovery (led by former Royal Engineer, Neil Heritage), Team Endeavour Racing (started by former Infantryman, Stu Croxford and carried on by Royal Engineer veteran Brian Seggie) and a recent expedition to Oman organised by a veteran Rifleman, Matt Fisher. During this expedition, Matt and the team spent several days crossing the desert with Endeavour Fund ambassador, Levison Wood – a veteran of both The Parachute Regiment and several international expeditions. The Endeavour Fund is proud to have been the crucible for the formation of the 2014 Invictus Games, a concept that was picked up and continues to thrive through the Invictus Games Foundation.
Endeavour Fund Awards
In 2016, The Royal Foundation hosted the first Endeavour Fund Awards to showcase the amazing stories of courage in adversity that resulted during the challenges each year. At this annual event, we present awards to recognise achievement and celebrate excellence. The final award is presented to highlight an example of resilience, fortitude and success as well as selfless commitment in helping others to reach their goals in sport or adventure. This award was named after Henry Worsley, a soldier that had dared greatly through a long military career studded with incredible adventurous prowess but who passed away during an attempt to cross Antarctica, solo and unsupported and under The Endeavour Fund Flag. We will remember Henry through the presentation of this award each year.