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Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

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The Trust was set up in memory of Andy Fanshawe, one of Britain’s leading mountaineers at the time of his death in 1992. The Trust gives grants that enable disadvantaged young people to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. It usually supports programmes run by youth groups and schools, and operates exclusively within the UK.

Andy led his first expedition, to the Ecuadorian Andes, as a geology student at Imperial College, London. Then, in a bold Himalayan debut in 1986, he led an expedition to make the first ever traverse of the twin summits of Chogolisa, and later made the first ascent of Menlungtse West. Among many fine alpine climbs, most memorable were winter ascents of the Croz Spur on the Grandes Jorasses and the Eiger North Face. Tragically, he died shortly before his twenty-ninth birthday in a fall from Eagle Ridge, Lochnagar. 

The inspiration for the Trust comes more from who Andy was, rather than what he climbed. He had a limitless zest for life. And despite being one of the leading climbers of his generation, he loved introducing people to climbing and helping them improve. 

Charity No: 1034906

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