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    McCreas Adviser takes on London Marathon for Venture Trust

    We are delighted to announce that Chartered Financial Planner at McCrea's Financial Services, Jonathan Campbell will be running the London Marathon for Venture Trust. McCreas has chosen Venture Trust as one of its nominated charities for 2016. To date the company has held a launch, and a race night which raised over £4,000.

    Jonathan who spends his time during working hours with McCreas as a specialist adviser for pensions and investments has been in training since early January when he found out about his place.

    He currently runs three times a week with a long run at the weekend and everyone in the McCreas office has had to endure the tales of woe and details on all the aches and pains along the way. It’s fair to say that with his longest run so far of 20 miles, there aren’t many of us that could keep up however so credit where it’s due!

    We will all be cheering Jonathan on on Sunday and would like to thank McCreas for its continued support. You can support Jonathan - and Venture Trust - by donating here. To find out more about McCreas, please click here.

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    McCrea Financial Services supporting Venture Trust during 2016

    We are delighted that McCrea Financial Services have chosen to support Venture Trust during 2016!

    McCreas Managing Director, Douglas McCrea said: “We commit time and resource to support the charities as something we strongly believe in. This year we are particularly pleased to work with a charity who recognise the benefits our beautiful Scottish Wilderness can bring to people as they learn new skills to build confidence and self-belief."

    Douglas himself is no stranger to the outdoors and annually takes on a 'wilderness challenge', last year walking 81 miles along the Speyside Way for Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. In recent years McCreas have raised more than £350,000 for various charities.

    The year-long partnership started with a Race Night in Glasgow raising a fantastic £4,200! Jonathan Campbell, one of the advisers at McCreas will be running this year’s London Marathon for Venture Trust on Sunday 24th April. You can sponsor him (and the rest of the McCreas team) here

    McCrea Financial Services are also sponsors of Partick Thistle Football Club and we'd like to thank them for helping to launch the partnership.

    We're looking forward to a action-packed year working with the team at McCreas, we've already heard rumours of walks, runs, trail-runs, cycles, Iron-men, baking and bbqing being organised for us and their other chosen charity for 2016 - Beatson Cancer Charity.

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    Grand Opening of Venture Trust National Participant Centre

    On 25 June 2015, Venture Trust opened the doors to its new National Participant Centre in Stirling. The newly refurbished building is the main hub from which critical Venture Trust work takes place.

    Venture Trust supports a wide range of young people with disadvantaged or challenging backgrounds, to get back on their feet. It does this through intensive wilderness expeditions and life skills development support, with the aim being to give the participants the tools to make positive changes in their lives. That could be anything from finding a home, gaining skills to enable them to get a job, going to college, or getting help with addiction. The new centre in Stirling will provide a base from which to operate these wilderness expeditions.

    We would like to thank LandAid, St James’s Place Foundation, Wooden Spoon and the Clothworker’s Foundation for their support with the project. Also many thanks to Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby player Dougie Hall, for opening the centre.

    To find out more about the people we support, our personal development and employability skills programmes and the positive impact achieved, please visit our programmes page.

    The press release about the opening event is also available here.

    We will put photos of the centre up here soon!

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    A new partnership to help young people

    Venture Trust receives £100k of investment and strategic support from Impetus-PEF.

    Working in partnership, Venture Trust and Impetus-PEF are committed to improving the long-term employment and education outcomes for young people in Scotland experiencing disadvantage or living with vulnerable or chaotic circumstances.

    Impetus-PEF is a UK charity which funds and supports high potential charities and social enterprises working to improve the lives and prospects of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    We are delighted to receive the support of Impetus-PEF. This follows a rigorous assessment process of our work and impact. With this support, Venture Trust can reach more young people to gain the necessary life skills, motivation and direction to progress into work, training or education.

    To find out more about the people we support, our personal development and employability skills programmes and the positive impact achieved, please visit our programmes page.

    You can read the press release here.

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    The London Marathon from a Venturer’s perspective.

    Venture Mòr's Business Development Manager, Jess, recently ran the London Marathon for Venture Trust! She finished in an incredible 4 hours 28 minutes. Here she tells us about her day (which, by the way, was her birthday too!).

    It was so, so exciting! The Applecross Running Team- Gerry (who ran for Prostate Cancer UK), Sarah (who ran for Fight for Sight), and I all started together, which was amazing given that we thought we would never find each other amongst the thousands of other runners. Sarah and I spent the first 13 miles weaving in and out of competitors, feeling really strong, but at mile 19 it started to get harder. The crowd were utterly mind blowing though, and kept me going. On many occasions I looked round to see if I knew the people speaking to me because it felt like they were cheering just me – the shouts of ‘come on Jess, you’re looking strong, you can do it!’ were awesome (although I think they might have said this to everyone looking like they were about to pass out).

    My fellow runners were incredible too, many of them running on behalf of a charity close to their own hearts. I passed a man doing seven marathons in seven days, a huge hulk of a man dressed as a Baywatch babe, Jesus (yes, actually on the cross), and a lady dressed as an ‘Essex girl’ running in 5” stilettos! It hit me at one point that I wasn’t going as fast as I’d thought when a man dressed as a phone box passed me!

    The weather was cold and wet, which was perfect for Team Applecross, being used as we were to the Highlands in winter. There was a man DJing from his flat balcony to spur us on, and kids lined the streets with their hands outstretched to give us high fives all the way along the route. There were steel bands, African drums, jazz, and a Scottish band of pipe players which made us very emotional.

    The supporters were fantastic! There were people with cut up bananas, oranges, jelly beans- just because they wanted to do something to help all those people going through all kinds of pain, each one doing it for a reason personal to them. There were moments when I thought I was going crazy with all the thoughts that were running through my head, and moments when the crowd literally reduced me to tears.

    Running along the embankment was phenomenal, and passing Big Ben knowing we only had a short way to go was the best thing ever… apart from seeing the finish line and knowing that the pain was going to stop soon. Except it didn’t! The agony of stopping was clear to see in everyone hanging sheepishly around the finish area, unable to move, sit, stand, or walk. And everyone was so emotional they didn’t know whether to collect their kit, hug someone random, collapse on the ground, or cheer like a crazy person!

    It really was the best day ever… and to top it all off, it was my birthday… and I got a medal!

    I have raised £2,641 online to date and I have lots more to put into the pot. The support we had back home was nothing short of amazing. The whole of Applecross got behind us and tracked us on the app. And the donations just kept pouring in on the day.

    My top tips:

    1. I really hated my bumbag. In normal circumstances this would not be something I would purchase, but I needed something to carry my energy gels. Be sure to go running with your bumbag and the kit you’ll take on the day to make sure it’s comfortable!
    2. Make sure you pop to the loo before you start your race! It sounds simple… but even the pros can get caught short!
    3. Never put an overly predicted low time on your application, otherwise you end up at the back of the 38,000 people running and have to spend 13 miles or so weaving in and out of those people who have chosen to walk the marathon.
    4. Never agree to a celebratory dinner just a few hours later… you will be too tired and unable to climb the steps of the tube!
    5. Have fun, and if it feels like it’s too much and you can’t do any more, just remember why you’re doing it, the great cause you’re supporting, and keep going! You’ll get to the finish line eventually, and when you do, you’ll be elated with your achievement!

    All in all it was an incredible day- one of the best days of my life- and something I would definitely recommend everyone experiences if they have the opportunity. To run on behalf of Venture Trust knowing that the money I have raised really will support some of the most disadvantaged people in our society is something that I’m so glad I had the chance to do. I can officially call myself a ‘Venturer’… and it doesn’t stop there!

    I did think that after The London Marathon the only thing I’d be running was a bath, but Team Applecross has decided to run the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May and I’ll once again be representing Venture Trust! Please do pop over to my Virgin Money Giving Page and give a little (or a lot) to support this incredibly worth-while charity!

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