Richard Hawley

Musician Richard hopes that by working with the Friends he will help to develop even greater opportunities for young people to come and experience a wide array of outdoor pursuits in an idyllic Lake District location.

High Borrans has been North Tyneside’s outdoor education centre since 1967, and has hosted over 200,000 visitors in that time. For many, it has been the setting of their first trip away from home, and so is vitally important to the development of young people. Richard’s involvement in the charity will help significantly in raising awareness and understanding of the fantastic work which is carried out at the centre.

Speaking about his involvement with High Borrans Richard says:

Richard with wife Helen standing on the edge of Derwent Water in the Lakes

Richard with wife Helen standing on the edge of Derwent Water in the Lakes

‘I grew up in Sheffield, and have always lived there.  As a boy I counted myself lucky to have a park at the end of my garden and loved to gaze out at the trees and greenery; an escape from urban life.  I went for a weekend to the South Yorkshire equivalent of High Borrans, and remember how much I enjoyed it, and the sense of achievement I gained from tackling the activities and of being out in the countryside.  I passionately believe in the importance of outdoor education centres like High Borrans which give children from urban areas a chance to physically experience learning about our countryside. I am delighted to lend my support to the Friends of High Borrans as a patron.’

In May 2012, Richard released his 7th album ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’, which was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for Best Album 2012. . He continues to work with artists such as Jarvis Cocker and Lisa-Marie Presley and is a regular presenter and voice on Radio 2 and 6 Music.

Check out his website to find out more about Richard Hawley.