Snow-Camp Receives the Freedom of the City of London
Snow-Camp, the charity working with young people from inner city areas through snow sports, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London. In a ceremony on the 27th March 2013 the director of the charity Dan Charlish was joined by key supporters and staff members to collect the honour.
The Freedom of the City of London is an accolade that began in 1237 and is nowadays bestowed upon organisations and individuals as recognition of outstanding work and achievement. The ceremony took place at the Crypt within the Guildhall in the City. Snow-Camp has been acknowledged for its work with youngsters from London over the past ten years. The honour was presented by Lord Mayor Roger Gifford
Speaking before the ceremonies, Lord Mayor Roger Gifford said; “The Freedom of the City of London is bestowed on individuals by the City Corporation to celebrate their contribution to London or public life, or to mark an outstanding achievement. These individuals have helped other people turn their lives around, and my colleagues and I were delighted to bestow the Freedom of the City on each of them.’
In attendance with the charity were key supporters such as Mark Brigham (director at Ellis Brigham), Major David Budge (Skiers Trust), Ian Brown (Hemel Hempstead Snowcentre) as well as representatives of Lambeth Council where the charity was founded. Three others received their Freedom of the City alongside Snow-Camp. Ben Fogle was the most famous of these with Dwayne Fields, a young Jamaican who walked to the North Pole and Bill Templar, the founder of Futures for Kids, also receiving the award.
Did you know?
Now Snow-Camp has been awarded with the Freedom, it is now within its rights to shepherd sheep or cattle across London Bridge or to carry a sword in public, neither are within the future plans of the charity! For more information about the charity please visit www.snow-camp.org.uk
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Snow-Camp is an innovative youth charity that uses a unique combination of skiing, snowboarding and life-skills programmes to support inner-city young people.Through the combination of snowsports and life-skills, their programmes enable young people to grow in confidence and self-esteem, develop as individuals and make positive choices for their lives. Snow-Camp programmes also enable young people to reflect on the key issues impacting their day to day lives, and help them develop new skills to support their futures – particularly towards careers in the snowsport industry.
Snow-Camp has grown steadily from 2003 and now works with at least 400 young people each year across 12 London Boroughs. Their vision is to expand Snow-Camp to other cities across the UK and bring the success of our approach to benefit many more inner-city young people.