The Jack Bloor fund has allowed me to take this award alongside my studies, and I will now be able to offer others the opportunity I had when I first came to University, to explore the mountain areas of the UK safely and confidently.
We had fairly miserable weather for the first two days of the assessment but after that it was gorgeous. The prospect of being assessed for 80 hours non-stop did sound daunting, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying the whole week, especially the last three days which formed an expedition. We carried everything we needed to be out in the mountains for three days, and were assessed on our group management, navigation, security on steep ground and camp-craft skills.
I am happy to say that I did pass. I am booked in to guide some students from the University of Kent around some Scottish mountains in June, which would not be possible without this award, and the Jack Bloor Trust, who have supported me throughout this award scheme.
Thank you very much,