Brathay is 75 this year! We can't celebrate face-to-face, so we're marking it digitally with #75 Stories to Tell - inspiring tales from those who's lives have been affected by Brathay.

Everyone's stories will be posted on social media and published below as they come in.

So if you have a Brathay story to tell then we want to hear from you! 

Get Involved!
  • Follow the campaign on our social media pages and like, retweet and reply to us, using #75StoriestoTell Tell others about the campaign too!
  • Share your story - You can tell your story in words, or we can interview and film you, or better still, you can film yourself talking to camera and send us the film to use. Films should be no longer than 60 seconds and we can provide you with a quick easy guide to self-filming if this is something new to you.

Just tell us who you are, what your connection to Brathay is, and how Brathay has changed your life. It need only be a small change, like leading you to new job; finding more self-confidence or climbing a mountain for the first time – whatever your story, we want you to join in our celebration!

You can send your video via to Sophie's email here. Or better still, just post to social media using #75StoriestoTell.

With your permission, we will publish your story alongside others on our website on this page and on social media over the course of 2021.

We hope you are as excited as we are about collating 75 unique stories to mark 75 successful years!

Read their stories:

1. Liz Heyworth

Huge thanks to Liz for celebrating with us by being the first of our ‘75 Stories to Tell’ – a project that aims to post 75 stories during 2021 from those who’s lives have been impacted by Brathay.Find out more

2. Marc Pate

Trustee Marc Pate had a life-changing moment at Brathay when, as a young stonemason apprentice, he came for development training as part of the WorldSkills UK squad.Find out more

3. Roy Broad

Roy Broad is a keen yachtsman, motorcyclist and volunteer with the RNLI. He thanks Brathay for pointing him in the right direction.Find out more

4. Jess Tizzard

Mum Jess says Brathay has been her second family over the years, supporting her through difficult times by lending an ear and offering practical support. Now it’s her turn to give something back.Find out more

5. Sir Christopher Ball

Without Sir Christopher Ball we would never have started our 10in10 marathon event and raised over £1million for our charity. And yet he’s thanking us for being a ‘haven of kindness and good sense’. Find out more

6. Joanna Coleman

Our Aspiring Leaders programme gave Joanna Coleman the focus she needed to move on from a difficult childhood. She is now one of our trustees and a valued member of the Brathay community.Find out more

7. Hilary Ridgway

Hilary Ridway began running by training to take part in our annual Windermere marathon. She’s now an ultra-athlete and encourages others to find the same hidden strength that she found through Brathay.Find out more

8. Matthew Bartey

Stories of homelessness don’t often end well, but thankfully Matthew’s does – and according to him, it’s all down to Brathay. Find out more

9. Rob Turner

In 1978, Rob Turner participated in a 'Managers in Action' course, after his employer recognised a lack of self-confidence. 43 years on, he describes his Brathay experience as the most challenging, stimulating and practically useful training he's ever attended!Find out more

10. Michelle Woodcock

Michelle Woodcock, Lakeland vicar and part-time teacher, shares her motivation behind the mental, physical and fundraising challenges of being a Brathay 10in10 athlete.Find out more

11. Ferhaz Alam

Hear from our colleague Ferhaz Alam how an outdoor residential at Brathay got him thinking more about others and less about himself. He is now a responsible young adult who looks to inspire others in the way that Brathay first inspired him.Find out more