The Ulysses Trust

  • Posted on 28 Nov 2018
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“I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wheretho’
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move….
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Ulysses, by Alfred Lord Tennyson


The Ulysses Trust was borne out of a ground-breaking attempt in 1992 by the Territorial Army to achieve the first British winter ascent of Mt Everest (Project DARC STAR), led by Lt Col Philip Neame whilst commanding 10 PARA (V). Everest, then, had only had three winter ascents, by teams from Poland, Korea and Japan, and all resulting in a loss of life. A number of organizations who were approached for financial support proffered the view that the project was too fraught with risk for commercial sponsorship, but that they would be prepared to contribute funds through charitable donations. Philip took the hint, and the Ulysses Trust was formed, taking its name from Tennyson’s inspiring poem about the great ancient Greek warrior and adventurer.

Since its inception, the Trust has provided over £3 million funding support to over 35,000 reservists and cadets variously participating in over 2,700 expeditions at worldwide locations … read more

4 Para in Canada … September 2018

This year 14 Paratroopers disappeared deep into the North West Territories to tackle the Ghost, Red Deer and Kananaskis Rivers and forge a path down the mountain biking trails of Canmore and Banff National Park on Exercise Northern Black Maple … read more

Our Vision

To ensure that every member of the UK’s Volunteer Reserve and Cadet Forces has the opportunity to undertake challenging adventurous and community-related activities, thereby to help the engagement and development of young people in our society, individually, and as effective contributors to their communities and as citizens of this country.

Our Mission

To provide encouragement, advice and financial support for challenging expeditions planned and undertaken by our Volunteer Reserve and Cadet Forces.

What We Have Achieved

The formation of the Trust catalysed a sea change to the perceived potential of such activity by our Volunteer Reserve and Cadet Forces. Previously, such opportunity was simply not on the agenda for reservists, and cadet activity was modest and UK-based only. Now, expeditions by our Reserves and Cadets reach every part of the globe, providing enriching opportunity of which previously many could only dream … read more …

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