Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
The Jake Shaw Climbing Trust is set up to support and encourage climbing and outdoor pursuits, enabling others to enjoy the activity that was such an inspiration and passion for Jake. Our first objective is to raise over £30,000 for the construction of a climbing wall at William Farr School, Welton, Lincoln, enabling the joy and inspiration of climbing to be shared in safe conditions.
Modern purpose built climbing walls provide an excellent environment for exhilarating, enjoyable and demanding exercise, they are suitable for virtually all ages and abilities, any gender and aptitude. Indoor climbing develops fitness, coordination and flexibility, creates confidence and encourages teamwork, but does not require a particular entry level of fitness or strength. It is particularly suited to those for whom traditional sports have less appeal.
Jake Shaw was a student at William Farr, going on to graduate from Sheffield University with a degree in Maths. He was an enthusiastic sportsman but his greatest passion was climbing and mountaineering. In 2014 Jake commenced a gap year at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, near Interlaken, spending the summer as a volunteer climbing instructor, and intending to spend the winter season in the French Alps. Tragically he was injured in an accident on 2nd August 2014 and passed away in Bern Hospital eight days later.
Jake’s wall is now a fine tribute to an exceptionally gifted and popular young man, who loved life and lived it to the full. It may also inspire others to enjoy climbing and the great outdoors as much as Jake did.
If you would like to contribute to the fund please follow the link below to make a donation. There will also be fund raising events taking place that you might wish to support or join in, additional participants are always welcome.
If you would like to contact the Trust please click here.
Climbing Poetry! 28 Local Brownies recently had an amazing evening on Jake’s wall, big thanks to Jenni plus trained year 12 helpers for supervising, and huge thanks to the Brownies for their generous donation. They split into two groups, while one group climbed the others wrote superb acrostic poems, some examples attached…. tells it far […]
Saturday 11 November saw the opening of Jake’s Climbing Wall at William Farr School and what an occasion it was. We would like to thank each and every person who helped to make Jake's Wall an incredible reality. After 3 years of the community working together towards the same goal, Saturday was the perfect celebration […]
In Sept 2017 Jakes wall was built and looking fantastic! But there was still more fund raising to do – obtaining the necessary equipment, and organising leader training for staff and volunteers. Huge thanks there to Peak Mountaineering for leader training and to the Alpkit Foundation for assistance with equipment. And then… organising the grand […]