Veterans’ charity delighted with support from North Wales businesses

An adventure and outdoor activity company in North Wales has pledged its support to a charity for veterans.

Bearded Men Adventures, based in Llangollen, offers accommodation, catering, adventure and activities such as rafting, coasteering, tubing, mountaineering and paddleboarding.

The company has agreed to donate 1% of its annual revenue from its operations to the charity Launchpad.

The company, founded in 2018 by two friends (who happen to have bushy beards), Jason Rickwood and Hugh Luckock, caters to families, groups and individuals as well as schools, businesses, bachelor parties of boy and girl.

Passionate about giving back to good causes, Jason and Hugh chose Launchpad as their charity and said they admire the work Launchpad provides to veterans.

New Partnership – Dave Jackson (left) of Launchpad’s Speke House pictured with Jason Rickwood of Bearded Men Adventures.

Launchpad provides vital accommodation and support for up to 100 veterans in three homes in the north of England and helps residents transition from military to civilian life. Bearded Men Adventures invited the staff and residents of Launchpad’s Speke House in Liverpool to experience a day of outdoor adventure activities including white water rafting.

Jason, 36, a veteran himself, served 12 months with the Royal Engineers and most of his family have an army connection, including his two brothers and father. As well as Bearded Men Adventures he is also a Level 4 Snowboard Instructor and teaches the Royal Navy Snowboard Team during the winter months.

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Hugh, 34, said: “We’ve been going there for four years now and despite the impact of Covid-19 on our business we’re really starting to see the business take off. Supporting veterans is a great thing to do and when we found out what Launchpad is doing to support veterans who may be struggling to transition, we wanted to support them and be part of a charity doing good things.”

Staff and residents of Speke House at Launchpad in Liverpool enjoy a day at Bearded Men Adventures which is committed to supporting veterans.  charity.

Staff and residents of Speke House at Launchpad in Liverpool enjoy a day at Bearded Men Adventures which is committed to supporting veterans. charity.

Jan Buckley, Acting Activities Coordinator at Launchpad’s Speke House, who also recently attended a day of whitewater rafting with seven residents, said: “We are so grateful to Jason and Hugh for committing to supporting Launchpad. We had a great day and all the residents really enjoyed it, it gave everyone a boost and it was good to see the residents bonding.

“Being outside and staying active provides a positive and empowering experience for our residents and is a good way for them to manage their mental health and well-being. All the participants talked about it and commented on how much fun they had. »

Bearded Men Adventures and Launchpad are exploring the possibility of a September camping trip for residents. This will be a two-day adventure activity program run by Bearded Men Adventures and will include wild camping and bushcraft skills.

Launchpad’s Speke House includes 50 self-contained apartments and common areas such as a living room, kitchen/dining room, computer suite and garden. Staff work with multiple partners to support each resident on their journey to independent living.

• For more information on Bearded Men Adventures and their activities, please visit their website: www.beardedmenadventures.com/outdoor-activities-north-wales/

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