Bear is a man who has always loved adventure. After breaking his back in three places in a parachuting accident, he fought his way to recovery, and two years later entered the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, aged only 23. He has since led ground-breaking expeditions across the world.
But for Bear, it is not just about pushing his limits. It’s about overcoming challenges, and living your dreams. This belief, and Bear’s gift for communication, have led him to become a world class motivational speaker, author and TV host.
Bear’s passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors are now shared and enjoyed through his TV programs in over 150 different countries, reaching over one billion people worldwide.
By combining his adventures with media work, Bear realised that he could also support and raise money for those causes closest to his heart. These have included charities that encourage young people to overcome some of life’s biggest challenges, many different children’s organisations, as well as the Armed Forces‘ charity SSAFA Forces Help and Veterans In Action, reflecting his own military service with the UK Special Forces, as part of 21 SAS.
In 2009, Bear was chosen and appointed as Chief Scout, and figurehead to 28 million Scouts worldwide. His mission is clear: to help and encourage every young person to be able to live their own adventure through Scouting. Bear considers this his proudest task.
“Heroes like these guys need our support long after they have returned from the front lines of battle. I am proud to be involved with supporting this charity that actively helps reintegrate and heal so many soldiers’ lives who have given their all for our freedom.”