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The UK's Greatest Adventurers Support Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor is now being supported by the UK's greatest adventurers after recently becoming the GH MUMM Cordon Rouge Club Charity of the Year.


The GH MUMM Cordon Rouge Club is an invitation only club of 26 members, made up of the UK's most inspiring living adventurers.  Inspired by G.H. MUMM enthusiast Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s famous polar expedition of 1904, G.H. MUMM Champagne created The Cordon Rouge Club to recognise exceptionally fearless and inspiring people in the fields of sailing, adventure and discovery.  The intrepid and renowned members of the club today include such world-famous adventurers as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Bear Grylls, Dee Caffari, Colonel John Blashford-Snell, Ben Fogle, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Chris Bonnington.


Spit Bank Fort, image copyright GHMUMM.COMSpit Bank Fort


Calvert Trust Exmoor CEO Tony Potter was invited to meet club members and accept the nomination as Charity of the Year at their recent dinner, held on the fabulous Spit Bank Fort, in the Solent off the coast of Portsmouth.


Cordon Rouge Club members, image copyright GHMUMM.COM

Left to Right: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE RD and bar, Polly Murray, Wing Commander Andy Green OBE BA RAF, Tom Avery, Tony Potter (CEO of Calvert Trust Exmoor), Mike Golding, Ben Fogle FRGS, Olly Williams, Geoff Holt MBE DL, Neil Laughton, Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE.


Tony Potter, CEO of Calvert Trust Exmoor;It’s a privilege and an honour that such an illustrious group of adventurers have chosen to support the work of Calvert Trust Exmoor. It’s fantastic that they recognise the value of our work, and we are really looking forward to an exciting evening with some of the club members on the 29th of October.”


Geoff Holt and Tony Potter on Spitbank fort, Photo Copyright

Geoff Holt MBE DL with Tony Potter, CEO of Calvert Trust Exmoor.


Calvert Trust Exmoor was nominated as the GH MUMM Cordon Rouge Club charity of the year by Geoff Holt MBE DL, who is the first person with a disability to sail single-handed around Great Britain, the first quadriplegic to sail solo across the Atlantic and a disability sports ambassador. Geoff said “I cannot recommend Calvert Trust Exmoor highly enough. If you are disabled or know someone who is, you really should go and experience it yourself.”


On the 29th of October the GH MUMM Cordon Rouge Club, with kind support from Land Rover, will be hosting “An Extraordinary Evening of Adventure” at The Royal Geographical Society ,1 Kensington Gore London, in aid of Calvert Trust Exmoor. Tickets are £20 and can be booked from There will also be an auction of unique and interesting items provided by members of the Cordon Rouge club, MUMM Champagne and Land Rover.


The speakers at this fabulous event are:

Ben Fogle: Broadcaster, traveller and adventurer. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara and crossed the Empty Quarter on a camel. He is also Chairman of the Cordon Rouge Club.

Tom Avery: Polar Explorer, Mountaineer, Author and Motivational Speaker, who made a record-breaking journey to the South Pole, One of only 41 people in history to have reached both North and South Poles on
foot, Tom is best known for recreating Robert Peary’s disputed 1909 dog sled expedition to the North Pole.

Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE: Adventurer, broadcaster, lecturer and explorer who has organised and led more than 100 expeditions. He is also President of the Scientific Exploration Society.

Neil Laughton:  An adventurer who has organised and led expeditions on 7 Continents by land, sea and air. he has completed the Explorers Grand Slam, circumnavigated the UK on a jet ski and piloted a flying car across the Sahara Desert.

Geoff Holt MBE: An ex-professional yachtsman with many ocean crossings under his belt who was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 but has since circumnavigated the UK in a dingy, was the first person with a disability to sail single-handed around Great Britain, the first quadriplegic to sail solo across the Atlantic and is currently planning to sail solo around the world.

Wing Commander Andy Green OBE BA RAF is a Royal Air Force fighter pilot and World Land Speed Record holder. He is currently planning a new record attempt to break the 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 km/h) mark with Bloodhound SSC.

Other Cordon Rouge Club members such as Ed Stafford and Oliver Steeds will also be in attendance at this unforgettable event.


All images in this news post are copyright and used with their kind permission.

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Jeremy Duxbury

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Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

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Lynn Healey

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