Posted on 20 October 2011.
In the latest of our ‘Introducing…’ series, meet Charlie Wardle who set up his own outdoors charity, Climb Your Mountain. to help others going through tough times.
So tell us a bit more about the charity, when did you set it up and what does it offer?
I set the charity up in April 2008 as a result of my own experiences with stress and depression, and using physical activities and challenges to help me through some difficult times. I held a very senior position as a Finance Director of a large global publishing company prior to setting up the charity and working full time as head of CYM… so the decision to set up CYM was a huge change in career!
The charity aims to help anyone going through a difficult period in their life where they feel they have their own personal mountain to climb. CYM provides people with opportunities to get fitter and healthier, both physically and mentally, take part in a wide range of activities and courses, meet new people, go to new places and a real sense of achievement.
Where are you based and what do you love most about the area?
CYM is based in Milton Keynes but many of the activities are all across the UK and the large fundraising trips are overseas. We offer running, walking, cycling, fitness classes and hiking in the Milton Keynes area plus many hikes and weekend trips to places like Snowdon, Ben Nevis, Lake District, Cotswolds, Chilterns, Malvern Hills, Peak District, etc.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Seeing people take advantage of the opportunities that CYM offers and therefore make a real positive difference to their lives…. especially seeing people do things that they would never have dreamt of doing like climbing Snowdon and having the best weekend of their lives!
Why do you think it’s important for people to spend time in the great outdoors?
The outdoors offers so much…. with CYM activities you meet new people, see new places, get fitter, achieve things and being outdoors in the countryside lifts your mood and helps improve your confidence as well as your physical and mental health.
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