Comic Relief Funding and Our Day on the Radio

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

Urban Uprising are delighted to announce that with recent funding, received from Comic Relief, we are preparing to launch our new Repeat sessions! This will allow anyone who has completed our 10-week Climb course to attend drop-in sessions at their local wall. Explaining the importance of our Repeat sessions, our Project Coordinator, Ben Campbell, said “We work with groups for 10 weeks and at the end of it, some might have the means to keep climbing and developing personally, but often that’s not the case. This funding will allow us to keep that relationship and development going.”

How did we celebrate this news? With not one, but two radio features! Here’s a little run down of our team’s busy day!

As Comic Relief invited Urban Uprising to attend the Glasgow leg of Sport Relief’s Dare2Tri Challenge, Ben joined Jo Whiley, Reverend Kate Bottley and Richie Anderson for a section of their 10km run. While waiting for the group to arrive, Ben got chatting to journalist Richard Baynes. As it so happens, Richard is a keen climber and asked to record a segment on Urban Uprising. In the clip aired on BBC Scotland’s The Friday Afternoon Show, Ben talks about why climbing can help disadvantaged young people, saying “Climbing is a unique sport which deals with fear, confidence and resilience. Those things are critical for personal development.” You can listen to the segment at 27 minutes here.

After running with the Dare2Tri team, Ben joined up with our Session Volunteer, Sean Mills, and 13 year old Ewan, who is currently taking part in our Climb Programme. Together, they were interviewed by Jo Whiley on her BBC Radio 2 show which you can listen to here, at 38 minutes.