A Christian charity developing young people through outdoor adventure

Why Sure Footing?

The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.

Rick Ridgeway (mountaineer)

Scrambling over, climbing up and abseiling down the rocks of the Peak District is brilliant fun! It widens horizons, presents opportunities to learn new skills, and it challenges us to be bolder than we need to be in daily life. These are great things. At Sure Footing we want to go one step further.

Adventurers explore new ground and need to overcome new challenges as they do it. As Rick Ridgeway notices, adventures often have a way of opening us up to new ways of thinking as a result. At Sure Footing we don’t want to leave life’s biggest issues to chance. How can we approach the challenges of life with confidence? Part of each adventure will involve a space, usually over lunch, in which we can ask the big questions and look at a variety of possible responses from some of the great thinkers through the ages.

“God made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights”

Psalm 18:33

Our particular passion is to look at Christian confidence, expressed here in the words of King David. Being ‘sure footed’ in the face of serious challenges – it’s such an attractive possibility, and it’s the heart of our desire for the young people who come with us on Sure Footing adventures.  This is why each Sure Footing adventure includes a short talk, usually at lunch time, which is appropriate for the age of the group.

Please check out our example Sure Footing day below for more information, and if you would like a question answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Team

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Andy Stimson

Andy studied Theology at the University of St Andrews, after which he gained a PGCE in Secondary RE teaching from King’s College, London. Inside the classroom he has taught at a variety of secondary schools across the country both in the independent and state sectors, including mainstream and special needs schools. Outside the classroom he has worked as an outdoor instructor in Oxfordshire, the Peak District and North Wales. His outdoor qualifications include the Single Pitch Award, Mountain Leader (Summer), Duke of Edinburgh Assessor (Gold), BCU Level One Paddlesport Coach, BCU Three Star Paddlesport Award, Archery GB Instructor, and Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors. Andy is married with four young children and is part of a local evangelical church in Sheffield. When he can, he likes to think grand thoughts whilst climbing up things and play other people who are worse than he is at squash. Andy is also a Sure Footing Trustee.

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Nick Watson

Nick has trekked, climbed and skied in various places across the UK and the world and led a number of overseas expeditions; he loves spending time in the outdoors and enabling others to experience and enjoy the outdoors too. After spending some time serving in the Army, Nick decided to change tack on his career and become a Registered Nurse. He now works on an intensive care ward and moved to North Wales in order to be closer to mountains and all things outdoors.

Besides mountaineering, Nick loves a good ‘dad joke’ and, having children of his own, feels qualified in sharing them.

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Andrew Newby

When Andrew isn’t exploring the Peak District on his bike he’s doing all the company’s tech work. He’s a freelance digital designer/developer but is also qualified to lead groups cycling, mountain biking and climbing. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the website or any of the company’s digital media, feel free to contact him here.

Trustees

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Giles Stimson MBE

Giles’ interest in the outdoors began as a child on the family holidays staying on the Patterdale Hall Estate overlooking Ullswater. His grandfather had a particular interest in sharing his love of the Fells with children from urban areas particularly the North East. That love was passed on to his family over 6 generations in a very special way. Professionally, Giles qualified as a solicitor in 1972 working mainly as an in-house lawyer in public service. In 2008, he was awarded an MBE for services to the financial services industry. He is the Chairman of the Trustees of an independent evangelical church and Chairman of the Law Society Squash Club. His interests include squash, tennis, running, fives and golf.

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Chris Sanford

Chris fell into voluntary work 20 years ago after signing up to help out at summer camp supporting disabled children. Following qualification as a doctor, he decided to go into charity work full time and has been the Chief Executive of two charities – the first supporting disabled young people and the second supporting start-up charities.  In 2012, he obtained a masters degree in management from the Cass Business School.  After what became a five-year “career break” he went back to medicine to complete his training.  He is now a GP partner in Southampton and chairman of a London-wide debt-advice charity. He is married with three daughters, which have served to prompt an interest in getting outdoors as often as possible.

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Ollie Wheatly O’Neill

Ollie has enjoyed sport from a young age. He was signed by Crystal Palace football club aged 10 and transferred to Fulham Youth Academy at the age of 13 where he stayed until 18 years old. Since going to University to study Medicine he has been involved in National League Futsal (indoor 5 a side) including a period of time with the National team between 2009 and 2013. Now that he lives near the Peak District, he has developed an interest in outdoor activities, such as climbing and hiking. Ollie became a Christian at the age of 17 having first heard the gospel on a school Christian Union camp. Since qualifying as a doctor in 2010 he is training to be a Paediatrician and lives in Sheffield with his wife and two children where he is a member of a local church.
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