Douglas Keith Scott CBE
“I am delighted to become a patron of New Futures Nepal which is a small but effective
charity run by enthusiastic and passionate volunteers. Like all of us who have visited Nepal, we have been captivated by the charm of Nepal and are dedicated to improving the lives of the people and especially the lives of the disabled and orphaned Nepali children”.
Doug Scott has a mountaineering track record that is second to none and includes the first British ascent of Everest with Dougal Haston in an expedition led by Chris Bonington. He has also achieved 40 first or other major ascents in the Himalaya and Greater Ranges. He was born in Nottingham in 1941 and first started climbing at the age of 12 with the Boy Scouts. He is regarded as one of the world's leading high altitude and big wall climbers. He has climbed the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each of all seven continents, is a past President of the Alpine Club and was made a CBE in 1994. In 1999 he was awarded the Patron’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and was presented with the Golden Eagle Award by the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild in 2005.
During Scott's climbing career, his understanding of the culture and the people in the regions where he climbed grew as he formed strong bonds and relationships. Scott founded the charity Community Action Nepal and spends much of his time fundraising for this cause, especially from giving public lectures. Scott is also an advocate of Responsible Tourism. Scott set up his own trekking agency in 1989, and pays the porters and other staff double the going rate, with improved working conditions, porters' loads being reduced and clothing purchased to combat the cold and rain.
Sir Chris Bonington CVO, CBE, DL
“You are certainly doing a very worthwhile job and I'd be delighted and honored to be your patron.”
Sir Chris started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. He is a world famous mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. He is still active in the mountains climbing with the same enthusiasm as he had at the beginning.
He has written 17 books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for 8 years, is Non Executive Chairman of Berghaus and Chancellor of Lancaster University.
In May 2012 hundreds of climbers greeted Sir Chris as he carried the Olympic flame up to the top of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. This was where he began his climbing career 61 years earlier.
Jane Seymour OBE and James Keach
"We are impressed with the difference that New Futures Nepal is making to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children and adults of Nepali origin through its many projects. We are delighted to be patrons of such a worthwhile charity."
Jane Seymour has played many lead roles during her career include the 'Bond Girl' Solitaire in the film 'Live and Let Die' opposite Roger Moore, Dr. Michaela Quinn, in the popular and long running TV series "Dr. Quinn - Medicine Woman", and more recently Kathleen Clearly in the successful comedy, Wedding Crashers.
Hollywood Director James Keach has worked over the years as an actor, writer, producer and director. He has produced, directed and acting alongside Jane in many films, notably the film The New Swiss Family Robinson. James has recently produced 'Walk the Line', a film, exploring the early years of the music legend, the late Johnny Cash.
Both Jane and James are dedicated activists for a number of charities, seeking to improve the desperate lot of many of the world's children. Jane is, as well, an ambassador for children's issues for the film world's charitable arm.