Q. Where do you currently live/make a positive difference:
A. Oldham – Greater Manchester - But also try and make a difference in Uganda too
Q. Tell me about the positive difference that you are making in the world:
A. I have been teaching now for 24 years & feel very privileged to be in the teaching profession - to be in a position where I can do my very best to inspire, instil confidence and help children to develop themselves both academically and physically. Seeing them reach their full potential is something very special indeed and this is what I strive to do each and every day!
I have a motto within my classroom of “Dream Big – Aim High and Never Give Up” and I always try and instil in each child an “I Can & I Will” attitude. I try and lead by example and practise what I preach to the children I teach as I continually strive to inspire them to be the very best that they can be! As a result of this each year I embark upon what have become known throughout the school as “Mr Hill’s Challenges” which I hope help will inspire the children way beyond the classroom.
These self-funded personal Challenges have been the catalyst for my Charity Fundraising which I always involve the children in. To date we have managed to raise over £100,000 for a variety of Charities. It's important to me that the kids know how important it is to give back to others.
These personal Challenges have included:-
· Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
· Climbing Mont Blanc .
· Trekking 200 miles through the Sahara Desert.
· Climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest mountain in Europe.
· Completing an expedition through the Arctic wilderness with huskies.
· Trekking through the Jungles of Borneo.
· Climbing Mount Kinabalu
· Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp.
· Completing the Tenzing Hillary Mount Everest Marathon
· Completing the UVU North Pole Marathon
· Completing the Petra Desert Marathon
· Completing the Uganda Marathon twice
· Completing the Amazon Jungle Ultra Marathon – 230km self-supported race in the Amazon Jungle
· Completing the Arctic Ice Ultra - 230km self-supported race through the Arctic Wilderness
· Climbing Mount Toubkal – the highest mountain in North Africa
In August 2019 I set up my own Charity – Team Hill Charitable Trust – with the aim of making a difference both locally by supporting local good causes and further afield in Uganda, supporting projects which help to improve the educational opportunities, healthcare and life chances of children and young people.
More recently, during the Coronavirus Pandemic, my Charity has been providing food shops and prescription pick-ups for the elderly and vulnerable, welfare calls, comfort packs for patients in the Covid Wards at the local hospital and goody bags and toys for the patients on the Children’s Ward.
Q. Why have you chosen to make that difference – what motivated you to start that:
A. I have chosen to make this difference because I was seeing too many young people with very little aspirations and ambition. I decided to take on my personal challenges and adventures to show others that through self-belief, hard work and determination and never giving up when things get tough anything in life is possible. Also, following a couple of visits to Uganda, I realised that a small amount could make such a massive difference to the lives of others.
Q. How has doing this – changed your own life and view on the world:
A. Doing this has given me a strong purpose and focus in my life and made me realise that we can all make a difference in the world and by doing this we can inspire others to do the same.
Q. Why do you think this important for people to know about/do:
A. My advice to others would be that anything is possible but you have to first of all belief in yourself and work hard for it! Everyone is entitled to Big Dreams - Dreams that excite and even frighten them - and that no-one has the right to tell us that our Dreams are too big!! Self doubt is our worst enemy - Don’t let self-doubt hold you back!! Through having Big Dreams and persuing them our mental and physical health will improve!!
Q .Why do you think more people don’t get involved in something positive like this?
A. I think some people are afraid to put themselves out there and are often too busy with everyday life that they don't believe they have time to give back. But it's so important that you make time for it and I have met many people who only had a little bit of time to spare, but chose to become great supporters of Team Hill Charitable Trust. And it's benefited both the charity and them and am so grateful for everything they do for us.
Q. If you could go out and make a positive difference for a day with someone famous – who would it be and why?
A. This has been a difficult one but I have come up with Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I have always admired and been inspired by his love of adventure and his determination to push the boundaries of what is deemed humanly possible. I'd like to learn more about his adventurous spirit and achievements with others and how he helped inspire them to push their own boundaries in life and to achieve way beyond what they thought they were capable of!!
To follow some of Mr. Hill's adventures and to get involved with him or help him change the world, connect with him on social media.
Twitter: @hil3494 / Facebook: Steve Hill or Team Hill Charitable Trust / www.stevehillmbe.com