Summer Newsletter


Every charity, however large or however small, relies on its supporters to help provide funds to carry out their work.  We are grateful to all our donors for all that they do for us.  This summer, we are particularly grateful to Duncan Grant, one of Neil’s greatest friends, for taking on the Tough Mudder Infinity Challenge.  I am not sure that it will be fun, but it is certainly the sort of “entertainment” Neil himself might have taken part in.  Immense thanks to Duncan, and everyone who has supported him.  Already donations have exceeded £1,000.  Please support Duncan, if you can, by donating:

Reaching out to those who most need support.

Over the last seven years we have helped people from all walks of life to gain new outdoor skills and undertake adventures and expeditions all over the world.  Now, with the help of some of our new partners, we feel more able to reach the individuals who can benefit from our support most.  This summer we  are delighted to be supporting a group of young people from Inner London, who are heading to France to cycle part of La Velodyssee for 8 days with their group leaders, whilst completing their John Muir Trust award. We are also working towards a grant for a family of 6 from Kintyre (including one severely disabled child), to have an active break to learn more of their local history and culture.  

We are continuing our partnership with Glenmore Lodge, offering enhanced grants to appropriate individuals to carry out skills training near Aviemore.  We are also working in discussions with Aban and The Martin Moran Foundation to help young people achieve new goals in the mountains of Scotland.

VOC Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant

Nina, one of our intrepid adventurers from the University of British Columbia Varsity Outdoor Cub (VOC) has recently returned from Namibia where she has been developing a new multi-pitch climbing route on the Spitzkoppe formation in the Namib desert with her brother, Cole, and the support of three others.                  

While we await her full report here are a few of her photos.

“We worked so hard and I learned so much, truly it has been an experience of a lifetime” – Nina Sky



Our other 2022 VOC adventure was to Iceland over the Summer Solstice. The aim, of students Linda Kiritchkov and Mason Slavner, was a 7 – 8 day  hike along  the 100km combined Laugavegur and Fimmorouhals trails with plans of side trips of mountain summits along the way.  The adventure would also include exposed class four scrambles, mountaineering and glacial river crossings.  “Iceland draws our attention not only because of its high northern latitude, but also because of the shockingly varied geology and breathtaking views.”  

We look forward to receiving their report before too long.

Events:  Watch this space for future fundraising events ………………..

and visit to buy tea towels, photographic cards and notepads online.

Everyone can help us

Like Amazon Smile ,    Easyfundraising is an easy way of helping your favourite charity raise money – and you don’t even notice!  Join in, by following this link , search for The Neil Mackenzie Trust and click “support this cause” and soon we will be benefitting when you buy online from many of the UKs most popular retailers.

We are now a recognized charity with Maximum Adventure.  Another way to raise funds for us!

A big thank you to all our supporters.  Please keep in touch and let us know your fundraising ideas! 

Applications: If you are over 14, applications can be made at any time for Expedition Grants, Skills Training Grants and Health and Wellbeing Grants – contact us through the website, let us know your plans and we will send you an application form.

The Neil Mackenzie Trust (Charity No. SC046080)