Our Patrons help us to raise our profile and bring attention to our cause. They visit our programmes, talk about our work in interviews and offer their time to the charity.
Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam
Professor Van-Tam is a healthcare professional specialising in influenza who became a household name during the coronavirus pandemic as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and speaking during the Government’s daily television briefings.
After stepping down from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer role in January 2022, Professor Van-Tam is now the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham.
Lianne Firth MBE
Lianne is the Chief Morale Executive Officer at Totemic Ltd. Lianne was one of the founding trustees of inspire+ and integral in helping Vincent, inspire+ CEO, to realise his vision of creating a sport and education charity.
Lianne was awarded an MBE for services to sport and the community in Grantham.
Alan Watkinson taught PE and History for 17 years in secondary schools.
He was Mo Farah’s PE teacher and was responsible for spotting Mo Farah’s talent and for driving him to athletics meetings – teaching him English along the way. But Mo Farah was not the only one. Jessica Ennis and Bradley Wiggins and many more paid tribute to the role of their PE teacher in their careers.
Alan is also a Senior Tutor for the Youth Sport Trust Learning Academy, a primary school governor and Chair of Generations Active BFH an innovative initiative in partnership with Laureas, Nike and the GLA that works to meet community physical activity needs in the Bedfont, Hanworth and Feltham area.
‘101 Things To Do When You Survive’ is a initiative founded in 2013 by double cancer survivor Greig Trout.
Greig originally started 101 as a way to make himself feel positive about his future, and to spread hope. He wanted to show others battling cancer that they could not only survive, but also thrive.
But as he travelled the world, Greig’s blog and videos struck a chord with a much wider audience and grew into a global movement of people seeking positivity and enthusiasm for life.
Following retirement, after a 40-year career in local government, David worked as a consultant specialising in health and safety and food safety.
David was a local person who had lived in Grantham for over 50 years. He had a lifelong passion for all sports and a heavy commitment towards golf, having been a past Captain and past President for Lincolnshire. He had served as the ongoing representative for Lincolnshire golfers at England Golf, and he had also been the Chairman of the Midland Golf Union, covering the 10 counties of the Midlands.