The Outward Bound Trust
Amount donated: £45,000
Every year, The Outward Bound Trust takes more than 5,000 young people from all across Scotland, to climb mountains, sleep under the stars and brave the elements in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. There, these young people, many who are from deprived areas, discover how to manage risk and reward, to build resilience and connect with nature. They learn to believe in themselves, develop self-confidence and they have fun. Never has the development of these attributes been more important than now.
9 in 10 young people need some financial help to attend an Outward Bound course. It is only through fundraising and the generosity of donors, that those who need it most are able to attend this life changing experience.
Francine Douglas-Home and Claire McCorquodale
After Edinburgh University, Francine worked in the City for ten years before having children. Since then she has been working part-time in various capacities, most recently as COO of a small hedge-fund and she is currently working in a family office. She is married to Tara and they have two teenage children. She is the Chair of the Governors of a primary school in London close to where they live.
Claire grew up in Cornwall, trained bilingually and then worked in London. She worked at Christie's and then trained as a Montessori teacher where she discovered her lifelong passion for education. She is married to James and they farm in The Borders. They have two teenage children. Claire fundraised at her children's local schools and has been involved in CLIC Borders where she helped raise substantial funds for the development of a Borders garden for CLICs new house opposite Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Claire is now a volunteer for The Food Train, a charity that distributes food to the elderly and those sheltering.
"Donations from our 2022 lunch have gone to The Outward Bound Trust and totalled £45,000. We thank all those that attended and supported this worthy cause. More thanks to Rathbones for sponsoring us and of course to Catherine Ostler and Samantha Cameron for speaking."
Samantha Cameron in conversation with Catherine Ostler
Samantha Cameron is the founder and creative director of Cefinn, a contemporary womenswear brand based in London that launched its first collection in February 2017. Samantha was born in London and grew up in North Lincolnshire. She took her A-levels at Marlborough College followed by an art foundation course at Camberwell College of Arts. She then went on to study Fine Art at the School of Creative Arts, part of the University of West England.
Samantha married her husband David Cameron, former British Prime Minister in June 1996, the brand's name Cefinn is a loose acronym of their four children's names: Ivan, Nancy, Elwen and Florence.
Samantha served as Creative Director at British accessories brand Smythson, from 1997 until May 2010, winning a British Glamour Magazine Award for Best Accessory Designer in 2009. She took on a part-time creative consultancy role at Smythson after her husband became Prime Minister.
Catherine Ostler is a journalist and author. Her first book, a historical biography, is to be published this year by Simon & Schuster. She is also co-founder and Vice President of Cliveden Literary Festival and a contributing editor to Tatler. After Cheltenham Ladies' College, she studied English at Oxford University. She is a former editor of Tatler, the Evening Standard magazine and the Times Weekend section, and has also been a contributing editor and feature writer on the Daily Mail. She is married with three children and lives in West London.