Hannah Beecham, CEO and Founder of RED January and RED Together, start RED January in 2016 after witnessing the transformative effect that regular exercise had on her Mum as she recovered from a period of severe depression.
Since then, thousands of people have joined this movement, which encourages people to get active every day of the month by choosing an activity that makes them feel good – physically and mentally. Hannah shared some of her favourite memories
1) What is RED and what prompted you to start it?
I was inspired to start RED January after witnessing the positive effect that regular physical activity had on my mum’s mental health.
RED January is a nationwide movement that’s empowering people to get active every day in January, to beat the blues away, as well as raise funds to help others in their community.
Whether you run, walk, swim or choose your own activity, you can set your own goal and enjoy support from the RED community every step, splash and pedal of the way!
2) We LOVE RED January and can't wait to be involved in it again in 2021. Why do you feel RED January, and it's community are going to be especially important next year?
It’s fantastic to know the Mini Mermaids community will be joining us again!
As we reach the end of a globally challenging year, our hope is that RED January provides people with something to help them kick start 2021 in a positive way.
No REDer will be alone this January as thousands of us will be coming together united with a common goal of getting active every day.
3) Can you tell us about any standout moments that you have had with RED over the years?
Standout moments always involve meeting REDers and hearing the positive impact that RED January has had on their lives.
I fondly remember meeting the first ever REDer that wasn’t someone I knew. After spotting them in a RED t-shirt, I ran after them! After a few embarrassing moments of me trying to explain that I was a fellow REDer, it was incredible to know that RED was reaching and supporting people outside of my friends and family.
4) What are your hopes for the future of RED?
That we not only reach and empower more people to start, rekindle or continue being active to support their mental health, but we also provide such a wonderful experience that REDers return and kick start each year with RED!
5) How do you keep your physical and mental health balanced?
I’ve been enjoying meetings on the move this year. To be outside walking and talking always revives me. Work and play combined. It’s a win, win!
All the fun details about how to join this incredible movement can be found here!