West African Development Centre, Tameside. Lindley Educational Trust

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Alpkit only exists because of our wild places and the people that make them. Alpkit Foundation is our payback, our social dividend to protect the places we love for everyone to enjoy.

We make small awards to support direct action, where a positive difference can be made and help people get outdoors and experience the natural world.

Our Alpkit Foundation aims

Spending time outdoors is good for the mind, body and soul. But generally people are spending less time outdoors, or facing obstacles that restrict their ability to access the outdoors.


That is a problem we’re helping to solve. We support grass-roots direct action projects that tackle issues such as diversity & inclusion in the outdoors, participation, education, conservation and protection of our natural environment and health & well-being.


With a specific focus on the benefits shown to come from outdoor acivities our aims constist of the following:


Help young people, especially but not exclusively through leisure time activities, so as to develop their capabilities that they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.


To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.


To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment.


For the public benefit to promote the education (including social and physical training) of people in such ways as the charity trustees think fit.


To advance sport or games which promote health by physical or mental skill or exertion and which are undertaken on an amateur basis.

Just a snippet of those amazing people

Steppers UK

Covering travel costs for AONB challenge to take groups of diverse and under represented people to visit all 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location, accessibility and lack of representation are just some of the barriers that can limit people accessing the outdoors. Cherelle Harding founded Steppers UK to promote diversity outdoors and support Black, Asian & Ethnic minorities to build positive relationships with the outdoors through participating in outdoor activities.

Support for mini bus hire helped them provide transport to some of their AONB trips, meaning they could offer a great service and open up the opportunity to many super keen individuals who would otherwise have struggled to access the experience.

Reconnect Rambles

“It took longer to access NHS mental health services than it did to cycle and run 5,000 miles around the highest county tops of the United Kingdom (72 days).”

The lack of support available made Alex Stainforth determined to help others access the outdoors to manage their mental health too. Setting up Mind Over Mountains, Alex looked to provide an immediate form of support with re-connecting rambles throughout the UK.

Their bursary programme allows free spaces on their rambles to those in financial hardship or difficult personal circumstances. Using time outdoors as a powerful intervention to build resilience and positive wellbeing, they ran 13 day walks for 104 attendees, of which 22 were provided through Alpkit Foundation support.

Annual return for year ending Oct 2021

  • Alpkit Limited donates 1% of its sales plus proceeds from events such as the Big Shakeout. Alpkit Limited commits to donate at least 10% of its annual profit to the Foundation each year.

  • 1,300 applications in the year to 31 October 2021. 534 projects supported with almost £140,000.

  • The charity has minimal running costs and individual grants are made on a one-off basis therefore there are few long term commitments.

  • This year the Alpkit Foundation received donations of over £138,000

  • The net deficit in the year of £1,609 is added to unrestricted reserves. Unrestricted reserves total for future benefit were £40,900.

  • Continued support of Alpkit’s Continuum. Helping cover postage costs to get old or unwanted to those who really benefit.
  • Key partnerships

  • £4,300 raised for Mountain Rescue Teams local to Alpkit stores.

  • £2,481 support to match Alpkit staff volunteering and personal fundraising efforts.

  • £2,500 Association of Mountaineering Instructors, Charity tender fund for their members to support and look to increase diversity and access in the outdoors.

  • £2,500 Lindley Educational Trust reactive fund to support projects and groups they work with.

  • £3,000 Peak District National Park Authority access fund.Anniversary Gates project replacing stiles during their 70th year.
  • *Current update

    Early 2022 saw us break through a wonderful milestone of more than £500,000 of awards to over 1800 amazing projects. We are proud to have been accredited as a 1% for the Planet Non-Profit partner.

    Any 1% For the Planet member can now choose to partner with us here at the Alpkit Foundation and work towards supporting environmental and outdoor causes, or projects they feel passionate about.

    SEN Little Adventurers

    Access and participation to outdoor wild spaces can often be deemed inaccessible to children with Special Educational Needs, but by increasing opportunities it can really break down barriers and perceptions of what’s possible and the huge benefits it can bring.


    Helen is Little Puddle People, and Rachel founded Rock Tots. Together they wanted to trial outdoor sessions for pre-school SEN children. To show their potential, support families and promote diversity and inclusion in climbing and the outdoors from an early age.


    “Being outdoors and connecting with nature and the world around us has an incredible effect on our well being, mood and immune system both for adult and child the benefits are limitless.”


    They were after financial support to ensure they were accessible to all, to eliminate any financial barriers. An award from the Alpkit Foundation meant they could run free, inclusive sessions.


    “Children with SEN often struggle with sensory inputs which inhibit their ability to learn and engage as they process what they actually need. Outside those sounds are usually more soothing and calming... often why children with speech and language delays and impairments are more likely to talk outdoors.”


    Seeing a child grow and develop is an incredible adventure and wonderful learning curve, but for parents of young children with SEN that curve can be a particularly steep one. Unfortunately support is not always easy and readily available.


    It was wonderful to follow a session and see the reactions and joy. The positive and long term impact that giving time outdoors can have, no matter who you are, what age, what ability. It shone through these little ones.


    “Exploring outdoors is open ended, there’s no set way to play and engage, they find their own path, their own route, thinking critically and creatively, problem solving as they go. All of which are vital life long skills, all of which are pretty unique to outdoors learning.”

    We couldn’t have done any of this without you. Every time you treat yourself to some Alpkit gear for your next adventure you’ll know it’s doing something good for others.

    You can also donate through PayPal Giving Fund, or selecting us on Amazon Smile. Maybe even choose us as your next fundraiser through GoFundMe.

    If you are a 1% For the Planet organisation you can choose the Alpkit Foundation as your Non-Profit partner.

    If you have a project that you feel we can help with to combat barriers accessing and helping others benefit from time spent outdoors then here we are!

    We look to keep the application process as simple as possible. We meet every 2 months so if possible please allow plenty of time before the start of your project.