Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million draws on a wide range of support, including prominent mountaineers, acclaimed authors, business heads, naturalists and well-known TV personalities. Here are a selection of them.
Alan Hinkes OBE, the only Briton to have summited all 14 of the world’s peaks above 8,000 metres
“The landscapes within Britain’s National Parks were my inspiration growing up and they became the launch pad for the achievements I went on to have in the highest mountains of the world.
“It might seem like our hills and mountains are small by world standards but they can foster great achievements and they mean a huge amount to the people who live in these islands. We all have a responsibility to take care of them and Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is a great way of doing that.”
Dave Turnbull, BMC Chief Executive
“We are thrilled to be launching Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million today. This is a flagship initiative for the BMC and the BMC Access and Conservation Trust which shows our commitment to safeguard the outdoor and adventurous environment to the benefit of everyone. But it is also a collaborative effort with a UK-wide coalition of organisations, businesses and campaigners, as well as the public. To reach our ambitious target we need everyone to do their bit. We all benefit from these wonderful places and we all have a role to play in looking after them.”
Sarah Fowler, Peak District National Park CEO
“The Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign is a fantastic opportunity for the Peak District National Park to raise vital funds for path repair work on two really popular and iconic routes in our National Park, The Great Ridge and Cut Gate. I welcome this initiative by the BMC to encourage people inspired by the UK’s 15 beautiful National Park landscapes to make much needed donations to help us care for them.”
Greg Nieuwenhuys, CEO at Outdoor and Cycle Concepts, the parent company of both Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock
“We are delighted to cement our partnership with the BMC through the headline sponsorship of their Mend our Mountains: Make One Million campaign. This enables us to further engage with the British climbing and hill walking community, as well as supporting the fantastic work the BMC undertake to ensure continued access to the landscapes so many of us hold so dear.”
Robert Macfarlane, acclaimed author of ‘Mountains of the Mind’ and ‘The Old Ways’
“Paths are more than just a means of getting from one place to another. They record our experience of the landscape, inscribe our freedom of the hills, and guide us along life-affirming journeys. But maintaining them requires skill, artistry, expense, and heroic all-weather effort. Support Mend Our Mountains and preserve our ‘Old Ways’ for the future.”
Steve Backshall, BAFTA award-winning presenter and naturalist
“Mountains delight the human spirit, and represent the most vital wilderness areas of our often crowded islands. When you’re in the hills, the temptation is to revel in their freedom, but in places of high use, there have to be maintained thoroughfares, or fragile mountain ecosystems will simply be eroded away.”
Mary Ann Ochota, broadcaster, anthropologist and BMC hill walking ambassador
“Today more people than ever are experiencing the joy of the outdoors. More UK adults regularly go hill walking or climbing than regularly participate in golf, tennis and rugby put together. The accumulated benefit of this activity to the heath, happiness and general wellbeing of wider society is incalculable. Taking care of paths is a way of ensuring this huge positive effect is sustainable for future generations.”