65 Degrees North

Why does the Veterans' Foundation support 65 Degrees North?

65 Degrees North - launched in 2014 - was originally formed by a team dedicated to helping former Lance Corporal Peter Bowker become the first amputee to cross the Greenland Ice Cap unsupported. 

Following the project, the passion and appetite of the team continued to grow and 65 Degrees North pushed forward. 

The charity’s mission is simple: to create a series of challenging, adventurous activities for members of the WIS (wounded in service) community. The opportunity to test themselves, push themselves, overcome and achieve is a base for rehabilitation. 

Projects run by 65 Degrees North are varied and last year was a busy 12 months for the charity:

  • Cornwall Climbing 2019 took a group of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to the rugged South West for an incredible week of rock climbing. 
  • In April 2019, 65 Degrees North set out to summit Everest. At 29,029 ft (8,848m) above sea level, Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain. It took unimaginable endurance, courage, resilience and strength to reach the summit, but the team pushed themselves harder, and higher, than they have ever climbed before. The team climbed Everest via the Southeast Ridge route on the Nepalese side of the mountain, and the expedition to the ‘Top of the World’ took two months to complete.

By changing the perception of physical and mental disability through the ‘Spirit of Adventure’, 65 Degrees North aim to inspire and motivate others to overcome, achieve and succeed.

How you can support the Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation has provided grants to hundreds of UK-based military charities and organisations since its inception in 2016. It is dedicated to distributing funding to where it is most effective and millions of pounds have been given to projects that have a positive impact on British veterans, and their dependents, in need.

If you’d like to become of a supporter of the Veterans’ Foundation you can do so by making a donation, by fundraising, by leaving something to Veterans' Foundation in your will or by joining the Veterans’ Lottery. Thank you.