Adventure charity with royal connections closes down

Raleigh Worldwide, an journey charity specialising in hole yr tasks, has closed down.

The London-based organisation took volunteers aged 17-24 – who raised funds to pay for the chance – on tasks at areas all over the world.

It had been working for 30 years, throughout which Prince William and Kate Middleton took half in growth tasks in Chile.

An announcement on its web site reads: “Raleigh Worldwide Belief ceased operations on 19 Might 2022 and will probably be getting into Collectors’ Voluntary Liquidation.

“A gathering of collectors is being convened for 16 June 2022.”

The Metropolis agency CBW is dealing with the charity’s affairs.

It isn’t clear what’s going to occur to bookings made by potential volunteers. As a result of funds from volunteers to Raleigh Worldwide technically took the type of fundraising, there seems no direct contract to provide providers as would exist in a standard journey transaction. The Atol scheme doesn’t apply.

As well as, members had been required to purchase their very own flights – which now serve no apparent function.

Raleigh Worldwide’s roots prolong again to 1984, when Operation Raleigh was launched to take volunteers on expeditions aboard two ships, Sir Walter Raleigh and Zebu. It then moved to land-based tasks and altered its title.

Becky Barnes, now a journalist at The Impartial, stated: “I’m completely devastated to listen to Raleigh Worldwide is not any extra.

“I went to India in 2011 for an incredible, life-changing 10-week programme.

“I did not have a job after college they usually had been providing a bursary scheme for graduates who did not have jobs, so I jumped on the probability to spend time in India as a part of some post-university travels.

“I confirmed up by myself and instantly turned quick buddies with new individuals from the group of like-minded, energetic younger individuals prepared for journey.

“The venture concerned three weeks of environmental work, three weeks with a group and a gruelling three-week trek, with a couple of relaxation days in between.”

Prince William spent a part of his Hole Yr between college at Eton and St Andrew’s college engaged on a voluntary constructing venture in southern Chile in 2001.

The charity had a superb popularity, although it was generally criticised for the price of its expeditions.

Individuals had been advised: “You may be set a minimal fundraising goal [which] represents the minimal sum of money that you could elevate for us with a view to safe a spot on the expedition.”

Esther Shaw wrote for The Impartial in 2008: “Many ‘gappers’ decide to be taught new abilities in growing international locations by volunteering for group or environmental tasks, similar to these run by Raleigh Worldwide.

“However be warned: even a visit similar to that would shortly run into 1000’s of kilos. So, between poring over guidebooks and scouring the net deciding the place to go and what to do, commit a while to figuring out how you’ll finance your travels.”

Ben Crichton, now a documentary maker, recollects his expertise with Raleigh: “The depth of the friendships I solid and interplay I had with the Namibian desert have by no means been matched.

“I bear in mind the disappointment of reaching the ocean for the final time with a sea fog swirling round. 4 of us extended it with a street journey down from Windhoek to Cape City. There have been treasured moments, tinged with the pervasive disappointment that it will finish.”

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