Adventure lovers are being offered the chance to win a cash windfall – on what is known as Blue Monday.
Acclaimed adventurer and community leader Danny Bent has chosen January 18, which is often described as “the most depressing day of the year”, to gift a £3000 Adventure Grant.
Anyone can apply for the grant and all you need to do is to come up with the best idea for a future adventure. Danny will select a winner from a shortlist of entrants on March 1.
Your adventure idea can be undertaken solo or as a group and it could be an activity you do from your doorstep or anywhere in the world.
The only rule is that whatever you’re doing it needs to be human-powered, for example hiking, running, swimming, cycling, climbing etc.
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Danny to gift lucky winner 'a dream'
Danny, who was voted one of the 100 happiest people in the UK and one of the 50 most inspirational people in London, said: “Last year and the early part of this year have been a struggle for everyone. Within lockdown, holidays have been cancelled, travel restricted and adventures postponed.
“I want to give people the opportunity to dream. To dream of the day borders open again, the day travel is permitted, the day you can pack your bags and explore this amazing world we live in.”
He added: “Through adventure, I have learnt so much about humanity, culture and myself - what makes me tick, my inner workings, so to speak. I want to pass on the same opportunity to the younger generation; to experience this for themselves while inspiring others to do the same.”
As well as the £3000 prize, Danny has partnered with Bamboo Clothing, Elliot Brown, Land Rover, London Pride, One Run and Jottnar, so the lucky winner will be fully kitted out to handle their chosen challenge.
To apply on Monday for the chance to win the Adventure Grant see dannybent.com (opens in new tab).
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).
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