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Outdoor Advocate Joins YDMT As Ambassador
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is pleased to announce that adventurer Alastair Humphreys has agreed to join us as an Ambassador.
He will support the Clapham-based charity’s aims in enhancing the people, landscape and wildlife of this special area.
Originally from the Malham area of the Yorkshire Dales, his love affair of the region and thirst for adventure began at the age of nine when he completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
From there, he completed several other adventures before spending more than four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and five continents.
More recently Alastair, who was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year for 2012, has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, busked through Spain and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole.
He is the man behind the microadventure movement which encourages people to undertake small adventures such as spending a night in the woods or enjoying a dip in a local river.
This fits in perfectly with YDMT’s Together for Trees campaign which aims to support the planting of 100,000 trees over the next two years – creating new woodland for everyone to enjoy.
He said: “I am passionate about the outdoors. It has given me so much in my own life: happiness, excitement, challenge and learning.
“So now I try to encourage people to immerse themselves in adventure, emphasising its importance for mental and physical health.”
David Sharrod, CEO from YDMT, added: “Today, more than ever, climate change is a huge challenge that we all must address but at the same time people have never been more disconnected from nature.
“Many disadvantaged people rarely leave their homes or communities and this is contributing to other major challenges facing society including obesity, loneliness and poor mental health.
“We want to encourage more people to enjoy this special area and support our vital work – we can think of nobody better to further this aim than Alastair.
“Being from the area, he understands what the Dales is all about, and how important it is to conserve it for future generations. He can make that connection through his work and bring this wonderful part of the country – and our work in enhancing the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales, to a wider audience.
“We’re really pleased he has agreed to join as an ambassador and we look forward to working with him.”
Alastair joins TV Presenter Lindsay Chapman, Explorer and Presenter Paul Rose and Chris Myers (Gardener and presenter) as ambassadors for YDMT.
About Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust:
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to support the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales.
To date the charity has helped to deliver inspiring projects worth around £28 million in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. These projects cover areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local communities, education and outreach, restoring woodlands and wildlife habitats, and improving access and understanding of this special place.
The Trust has recruited more than 50,000 supporters to date. Find out more at www.ydmt.org
About Alastair Humphreys:
Alastair Humphreys is a British Adventurer, Author and Blogger. He spent over four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and five continents.
More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, busked through Spain and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 – one of his pioneering microadventures. He was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year for 2012.
He has written 10 books.
Twitter and Instagram: @al_humphreys
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