TGO Reader Awards 2024: Voting open

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Vote for Kitsquad….

From TGO – Recognise the people, businesses and organisations you value by voting for them in The Great Outdoors Reader Awards 2024!

The Great Outdoors Reader Awards are the UK’s democratic celebration of the best of outdoor culture.

Twelve years ago, we launched our first annual Reader Awards. They’ve established a reputation as the UK’s biggest democratic celebration of the people, places and businesses that make our outdoor lives better. Once again, The Reader Awards are open across 15 categories including the Open Outdoors award, pub of the year, campaigner of the year, brand of the year, and many more.

What makes these Reader Awards different – and gives extra kudos to the winners – is that it’s you, the outdoorgoing public, who decide the results. Only your nominees make it onto the shortlist, and only those who win most of your votes walk away with a top accolade. In a slight change from previous years, the nominee with the most votes in each category will receive a Winner award, while the nominees with the second and third most votes will both receive a Commended accolade.

TGO Reader Awards 2024: Voting open

Here is the category for Fran of Kitsquad

The Extra Mile award

Outstanding voluntary effort for the benefit of the outdoors or charitable causes.

  • Britain’s Mountain Rescue teams (England, Wales, Scotland, plus Independent Scottish Mountain Rescue) – volunteers who are on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in any weather
  • Cave Rescue Organisation – based in Clapham in North Yorkshire, the team provides the cave and mountain rescue service in the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Fran Pearson of KitSquad – the founder of UK-based scheme providing second-hand adventure gear to low-income individuals to boost accessibility in the outdoors
  • Leanne Dempsey – volunteer woodland group leader based in Lancashire working with the Woodland Trust to preserve our green spaces and share a love of nature
  • Mountain Bothies Association volunteers – unpaid work parties maintaining simple shelters in remote country “for the use and benefit of all who love wild and lonely places”
  • Neil Reid – the retired wanderer whose love of the Cairngorms drives him to tirelessly raise awareness for ecological and social issues across the park

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