By James Hamilton
A scheme to fund adventurous youngsters has just opened in Sheffield.
The Brian Sellars Trust was created to support young people between the age of 14-25 has applications open for adventure experience funding.
Grace Batley, a new committee member for the trust said: “We get reports back from the young people we have funded, which are a joy to read, it’s amazing to see the adventures the fund has facilitated.”
Brian Sellars suffered from polio when he was younger but lived an active life and did not let his physical issues hold him back from partaking in many escapades.
On his death, his legacy was to support the youth of the area with financial help towards challenging and character building activities that his disability had prevented him from doing.
The committee said: “We will continue to help young people which is in keeping with Brain’s wishes.”
Sheaf District Scouts undertook the forming of the trust to manage the funds and allocate which project the funding would go to.
Applicants can apply for financial assistance up to the value of 50% of the cost of the activity, however, they must have some connection with the area.
The trust has established overseas projects including building wells in Kenya, the World Challenge Norway, International Scout Jamborees in Sweden and Holland, a building project in Botswana, and an Environmental Awareness Volunteer Project in Nepal.
A spokesperson for the committee also said: “We’d love to see many more applications from a variety of young people from across the area.”
Their adventure experiences in the UK include an alpine skills course in Wales, mountaineering courses in Scotland, puppetry training and forestry school.
To date, the Trust has made grants in excess of £40,000
Applications for the funding can be found on the Adventure Funding Sheffield website and also on their Facebook group page.