You may or may not know that Mile End Climbing Wall is maintained by our own charity – Development Through Challenge.
DTC is a youth development charity that aims to give local young people development opportunities through challenging activities. We spend the majority of our time working with local schools, youth groups, special education needs groups, pupil referral units and youth offending teams on programs ranging from GCSE climbing through to AQA awards and tailor-made programmes. We also offer affordable climbing and long-term development for children through our NICAS and Squad programmes.
This means that we are a not-for-profit organisation. Every penny we earn goes back into the development of the centre and its facilities and sometimes it subsidises programmes for young people that might otherwise operate at a loss.
Part of our ethos as a charity is to offer good value climbing for all and so we always try to make sure that our entry prices and courses are affordable and competitive. We also keep our tea and coffee really cheap too!
With this in mind we ask people to consider donating their 50p locker deposits to us as a simple way of us getting a bit more cash to build new walls and develop our facilities. Donations so far have helped to build the new Beginners Room, update The Boardroom and have recently helped with the costs of the fantastic new overhanging walls in the main room (Rock On Slab, Karma Cave, Karma Vert).
50p may not seem a lot to one person but over the weeks and months it really mounts up and is a great way for us to help subsidise the work we do and the service we give to all our customers.