Samantha Cameron

Samantha Cameron

Patron

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Samantha’s interest in Revitalise came about as a result of her having hosted a successful fundraising dinner for Revitalise at Chequers in November 2012.

Samantha Cameron is the wife of former Prime Minister David Cameron. Samantha’s interest in Revitalise came about as a result of her hosting a successful fundraising dinner for Revitalise at Chequers in November 2012. Revitalise gratefully accepted Samantha’s subsequent offer of patronage and she was officially announced as the new Patron of Revitalise at Jubilee Lodge on 2 July 2013. During her visit to the centre, Samantha joined Paralympic medal winners David Smith and Dan Bentley, as well as guests and volunteers for a game of the Paralympic sport, Boccia. Samantha supports a number of other charitable causes including Contact a Family and the Big Splash Trust. A former Creative Director of the luxury accessory brand Smythson Bond Street, Samantha has strong links with the fashion industry. She is a dedicated ambassador for British designers and works closely with the British Fashion Council. She plans to launch her own fashion brand, Cefinn, early in 2017

Chris Simmonds

Chris Simmonds

Chief Executive Officer

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Prior to Revitalise, Chris had over 25 years’ experience working for Saga Travel, including 12 years as a Director of Saga Holidays.

Prior to Revitalise, Chris had over 25 years’ experience working for Saga Travel, including 12 years as a Director of Saga Holidays. Chris worked in most areas of the company and saw it grow from a small specialist travel company to a huge multi-product brand offering services to people aged 50 and over. From 2005 to 2010 Chris set up a new division within Saga Travel, later to include the AA, and was responsible for third party partnerships, new business acquisitions and business start ups. Chris joined Vitalise in 2010.Chris is married and lives in Canterbury. He enjoys playing music, vintage motorcycles and gardening. Chris’s ideal break is visiting historic houses and gardens.

Dame Judi Dench CH DBE

Dame Judi Dench CH DBE

Vice President

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Dame Judi Dench is a world famous star of stage and screen and widely recognised as one of the finest actors of her generation.

Dame Judi Dench is a world famous star of stage and screen and widely recognised as one of the finest actors of her generation. Dame Judi has been a Revitalise Vice President for over 20 years and most recently she fronted the Christmas Appeal 2013.In her Christmas Appeal message, Dame Judi said: “There are millions of people in the UK struggling to cope with disability. Whatever their situation, it’s more than likely that their daily existence is a hard, unrelenting struggle against isolation and loneliness. For them, Christmas is no different to any other time of year. That’s why we urgently need your help this Festive Season.”Among the charitable causes Dame Judi supports alongside Revitalise are Survival International and the Shakespeare Schools Festival, of which she is Patron. She was awarded the title Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1988.

John Parker

John Parker

Finance Director

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John Parker is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has occupied many senior roles in Finance, including Finance Director for Saga Travel and Chief Operating Officer for Titan Travel.

John Parker is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has occupied many senior roles in Finance, including Finance Director for Saga Travel and Chief Operating Officer for Titan Travel. John then moved into the not-for-profit sector where he took up the position of Director of Finance and Operations for The John Wallis Academy in Kent, where he implemented new education administration, accounting and rewards systems. John joined Revitalise in 2011.John lives in the Kent countryside and enjoys watching sport, cycling and walking. His ideal holiday is anywhere he hasn’t been before!  

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

Vice President

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Esther Rantzen has been a much loved broadcaster and campaigner for over 10 years.

Esther Rantzen has been a much loved broadcaster and campaigner for over 10 years. She first sprang to fame as a presenter on BBC TV’s That’s Life, which succeeded in raising much needed public awareness for the need for child organ transplants. After a chance meeting with Joan Brander, the charity’s founder, Esther became a Vice President soon afterwards. Recalling their meeting, Esther said: “The more I discovered about her, the more impressed I was. I knew this was a charity I could support. I've had the honour of being a Revitalise VP to this day.” Esther supports a wide range of charities in addition to Revitalise, including ChildLine, which she set up in 1986, and most recently The SilverLine, a telephone befriending service to help older people cope with loneliness, which she set up in 2012. Esther was awarded a CBE in 2006 for services to children.

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith

Vice President

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One of the most active Revitalise Vice Presidents, Arthur is a frequent visitor to Revitalise

One of the most active Revitalise Vice Presidents, Arthur is a frequent visitor to Revitalise. In 2013 he was the face of the charity’s Raise a Room fundraising campaign and also featured as guest of honour at the Revitalise 50th Anniversary Gala. In May 2014 Arthur helped organise and headlined a comedy night in Southport to raise funds for Sandpipers.When sharing his story in the special Revitalise 50th anniversary book Arthur commented: “In 2006, not long after I became a Revitalise Vice President, I popped over to Jubilee Lodge to see for myself what Revitalise does on a daily basis. I went out with a big group of guests and volunteers on a day trip to London. My abiding memory of that day was of a big group of people having a whole lot of fun. Everyone was happy, everyone was laughing. As a carer, you couldn’t ask for better than that.”Arthur is considered an elder statesman of the British stand up scene, having been a performer since the 1980s. Arthur continues to perform live and is also a regular roving reporter on BBC TV’s The One Show. He describes himself as the Night Mayor of Balham, adding “I don’t do days.”

Darren Holloran

Darren Holloran

Director of Operations

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Darren started with Revitalise in 2001 as the General Manager at Revitalise Sandpipers in Southport, having previously worked and managed in both the UK and overseas tourism market.

Darren started with Revitalise in 2001 as the General Manager at Revitalise Sandpipers in Southport, having previously worked and managed in both the UK and overseas tourism market. In July 2015, following 14 years as a General Manager, he assumed the role of Director of Operations. Darren still resides in Southport and enjoys spending time with his family, keeping fit and travelling. Darren enjoys breaks of all kinds providing it enables him to be with family and friends, exploring new places!

Tim Prideaux

Tim Prideaux

Vice President

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Tim was a Trustee of Revitalise for over 20 years and continues to be a Director of Revitalise Enterprises.

Tim was a Trustee of Revitalise for over 20 years and continues to be a Director of Revitalise Enterprises. He had a 35 year career with WH Smith and then worked for Business in Community where he was responsible for member companies in Surrey. He has been involved in the Surrey Community for many years; 25 years as a magistrate, eight years on the Police Authority and at various times Chairman of Surrey Community Action, Surrey Crimestoppers and the Independent Remuneration Panel of Surrey County Council. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey. He is a Governor of Lord Wandsworth College and was Chairman of St Aubyns School near Brighton for 11 years. Tim has been married to Di for 45 years and has four children and eight grandchildren. Tim’s ideal break is fishing – closely followed by a day at Lords!

John Spence CBE DL

John Spence CBE DL

Vice President

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John first joined Revitalise as a trustee in 2005 before taking up the role of Vice President in 2010

John first joined Revitalise as a trustee in 2005 before taking up the role of Vice President in 2010. He was educated at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh, then Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Economics, followed by a PMD from Harvard Business School in 1984.John joined Lloyds Bank in 1973 and had ascended to the position of Managing Director of Business Banking by 1996. In 1998 he was appointed Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland. In 2000 he became Director of the Lloyds TSB UK Branch Network, in charge of all branches, telephony, ATMs and internet banking. He received The Prince of Wales’s Business Ambassadors Award in 2005.Among other positions, John is currently a non-executive Director of HM Revenue and Customs, Deputy Chair of Business in the Community and a Church Commissioner for the Church of England. In recognition of his services to charity, John was awarded an OBE in 2006. He has been married to wife Yvonne for 30 years and has three adult children.

Hugh Kemsley, OBE

Hugh Kemsley, OBE

Vice President

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Hugh Kemsley has been involved with Revitalise as a Trustee since 1982 and was Chair of Trustees from 1989 to 2005

Hugh Kemsley has been involved with Revitalise as a Trustee since 1982 and was Chair of Trustees from 1989 to 2005. In his early years with the charity, Hugh was closely involved with the creation of Revitalise’s Sandpipers centre in Southport. In the late 1980s Hugh also took on the management of Netley Waterside House in Southampton.Hugh is a Chartered Surveyor by profession and a partner in the firm Matthews & Goodman, with offices in London, Manchester and Liverpool. Hugh was awarded an OBE in 1999.

Lisa Jaskowiak

Lisa Jaskowiak

Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Executive

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Lisa was a volunteer for Revitalise for 2 years, based at our centre Jubilee Lodge before joining the Events Team in London in 2011.

Lisa was a volunteer for Revitalise for 2 years, based at our centre Jubilee Lodge before joining the Events Team in London in 2011.  She originally came in to cover maternity leave but stayed in the role until October 2014.  Since then she has taken over the role of Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Executive and also has responsibility for stewarding relationships specifically linked to the Capital Campaign Appeal.  Lisa is married with 2 children and lives in London.  Her ideal break would be spent relaxing with her family in France.”

Sir Andrew Buchanan Bt

Sir Andrew Buchanan Bt

Vice President

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Sir Andrew was educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge.

Sir Andrew was educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge. He served in the Coldstream Guards and later in the Territorial Army. Sir Andrew was also High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire from 1976 to 1977. He and Belinda, Lady Buchanan, have four children.Sir Andrew and his family are farmers at Hodstock Priory, famous for its magnificent early spring snowdrops. In addition to running the estate in an environmentally friendly way, they are active volunteers and are involved in many aspects of local and regional community life.

Denis Green

Denis Green

Vice President

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Denis retired as Chairman of the Friends of Jubilee Lodge after 14 years service

Denis retired as Chairman of the Friends of Jubilee Lodge after 14 years service during which, under his leadership, the Friends of Jubilee Lodge raised almost a quarter of a million pounds to support Revitalise’s work at Jubilee Lodge.Denis’ passion for Revitalise, combined with his strong networking skills among Rotary Clubs and other influential groups in the region, meant he was instrumental in helping Revitalise through several stages of growth and development.

The RT Hon The Lord Crawshaw

The RT Hon The Lord Crawshaw

Vice President

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David Gerald Brooks, 5th Baron Crawshaw, was born in 1934, the son of Gerald Beach Brooks, 3rd Baron Crawshaw and Marjory Sheila Clifton

David Gerald Brooks, 5th Baron Crawshaw, was born in 1934, the son of Gerald Beach Brooks, 3rd Baron Crawshaw and Marjory Sheila Clifton. He was educated at Eton then at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. He married Belinda Mary Burgess, daughter of George Burgess, in 1970.

Mindy Sawhney

Mindy Sawhney

Chairman

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Mindy joined the Board in 2003, becoming Chairman in September 2010

Mindy joined the Board in 2003, becoming Chairman in September 2010. She runs her own consulting practice, advising clients in the private, public and voluntary sector on strategy, change and organisational development, both in the UK and overseas. Mindy lives in London with her husband Ben and two young children. She is also a trustee of the British Scholarship Trust, and is a keen (if haphazard) gardener and baker of cakes. Mindy’s ideal break is a day at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Linda Beaney

Linda Beaney

Vice Chairman

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Linda has been a Trustee for six years. Formerly a founding partner of a firm of central London estate agents Linda specialised in developments and major projects.

Linda has been a Trustee for six years. Formerly a founding partner of a firm of central London estate agents Linda specialised in developments and major projects. She is also currently on the Board of Brentwood Theatre and previously Hornchurch Theatre Trust and the development council of Shakespeare’s Globe. She was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1984. Her interests include golf, tennis and theatre.

Philip White

Philip White

Vice Chairman

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Philip joined the Board in 2009, having previously served as a committee member.

Philip joined the Board in 2009, having previously served as a committee member. He is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. Philip is an accountant and has worked in the finance sector for 25 years across a wide range of disciplines, specialising in risk for the past six years. He lives in Kent with his wife Melanie and their four children, two cats and a selection of chickens. Philip’s ideal holiday is something active and mad like climbing Everest or canoeing the Amazon – but nothing scary!

Gavin Wright

Gavin Wright

Vice Chairman

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Gavin joined the Board in 2011.

Gavin joined the Board in 2011. He has had a varied career in both the private and public sector, specialising in HR and people development. Gavin earned our gratitude and admiration when he ran the London Marathon for Team Revitalise in 2014. He lives near Chichester with his partner Tara and their two children. In his spare time, Gavin is a keen rock climber, runner and frustrated surfer.

Mike Ashton

Mike Ashton

Trustee

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Mike joined the Board in January 2014 and is Chair of the Income and Market Development Committee.

Mike joined the Board in January 2014 and is Chair of the Income and Market Development Committee. He is the founder and current MD of consulting and training business Ashton Brand Consulting Group, which helps businesses to implement training solutions that transform their customer experience, manage change and enhance performance. Mike hopes to bring his considerable experience to bear in support of Revitalise’s marketing activity. Mike plays drums for a Beatles tribute band and his ideal break would be a road trip around Europe, playing at all the great music venues and taking in the sights.

Richard Poxton

Richard Poxton

Trustee

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Richard joined the Board in 2010 and is the Chairman of the Guest Experience Committee.

Richard joined the Board in 2010 and is the Chairman of the Guest Experience Committee. He has worked on the policy and development side of social care for a lot of his working life, most recently on a selfemployed basis, and has spent much of the past few years working to improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities. Richard is married and lives in Twickenham with his wife Zoe. He particularly enjoys walking up Mount Snowdon with Zoe and friends and his ideal break is always the next one!

Simon Law

Simon Law

Trustee

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Simon joined the Board in 2013 and is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Simon joined the Board in 2013 and is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. He is currently Head of Audit at Nationwide Building Society. Simon’s background is in stakeholder management, financial controls, financial appraisals and internal and external audit. He was also a trustee of Nationwide’s charitable foundation for five years until 2013. Simon went the extra mile (then the remaining 25.2) for us when he completed the London Marathon with Team Revitalise in 2014. He lives in Chepstow with his wife and two young children. Simon’s favourite break is spending time with his family and relaxing in the sun.

Victoria Schneider

Victoria Schneider

Trustee

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Victoria is a solicitor who specialises in advising charities and social enterprises.

Victoria is a solicitor who specialises in advising charities and social enterprises. She has worked at Bates Wells and Braithwaite, a leading charity and social enterprise firm, since 2012. Before that she worked in-house as a solicitor at the NSPCC and trained at the commercial law firm, Jones Day. Victoria lives in North London with her husband and baby son William. She enjoys volunteering at Kith & Kids, a Tottenham based charity which supports people with a learning disability or autism and their families. Any spare time is usually spent watching or playing sport and an ideal break is by the seaside!

Peter Cheer

Peter Cheer

Trustee

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Peter has worked in social care services for 30 years and at every level, from hands on care and support to six years as operations director of a large national charity.

Peter has worked in social care services for 30 years and at every level, from hands on care and support to six years as operations director of a large national charity. He now works as an independent consultant and director of Care Inc Ltd, providing management and practice support for social care providers. Peter lives in Worcestershire. His ideal break would involve exploring a large city and then relaxing on the beach.

Lesley Lindberg

Lesley Lindberg

Trustee

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Lesley is a marketing and strategy leader and founder of KOYO.

Lesley is a marketing and strategy leader and Director at Polyco Healthline, the knowledge and innovation behind protection and hygiene products for people, their homes and places of work in the UK and Europe. She is also founder of KOYO, which helps executive and marketing teams build 2020 Marketing capability through customer led growth strategies and the creation of cross silo teams to deliver them. Lesley lives in North London with her husband Jorgen and often holidays in his home country of Sweden. Ideal holiday would be an American road trip with lots of walking in its national parks. 

Sarah Mancini

Sarah Mancini

Director of Nursing and Care Quality

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Sarah has been working in the health industry for over 20 years, spanning clinical, managerial, training, consultancy and leadership roles in the acute, community and commercial health care sector

Sarah has been working in the health industry for over 20 years, spanning clinical, managerial, training, consultancy and leadership roles in the acute, community and commercial  health care sector. Sarah is a member of the Institute of Business Consulting, the Royal College of Nursing and has recently held an honorary research contract with an NHS Foundation Trust. Sarah joined Revitalise in April 2016. She lives in Hampshire and enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as volunteering and practicing holistic therapies. Her ideal holiday would be one with complete rejuvenation!  

Esther Mailley

Esther Mailley

General Manager, Revitalise Netley Waterside House

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Esther has been with Revitalise since 2011, having previously worked in the UK holiday business for over 20 years.

Esther has been with Revitalise since 2011, having previously worked in the UK holiday business for over 20 years. Esther's experience in this industry includes managing housekeeping, catering and accommodation. Esther lives in Chichester and enjoys keeping fit, swimming and spending time at home in the garden. Her perfect holiday is an all inclusive break in the sun where she can enjoy the food and facilities!   

Katrine Schofield

Katrine Schofield

General Manager, Revitalise Sandpipers

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Katrine began at Revitalise in 1989 as a volunteer, before becoming a permanent member of the team in 1991.

Katrine began at Revitalise in 1989 as a volunteer, before becoming a permanent member of the team in 1991. She has worked in various roles, including Health Care Assistant and Assistant Manager. More recently in July 2015, Katrine assumed the position of General Manager. Katrine lives in Southport with her son, and her perfect break is somewhere she can relax, read a good book and enjoy the sunshine!

Terry Gray

Terry Gray

General Manager, Revitalise Jubilee Lodge

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Terry joined Revitalise in 2003. He has worked in a variety of roles during his time at Jubilee Lodge, including Senior Care Assistant, Facilities Manager and Head of Care.

Terry joined Revitalise in 2003. He has worked in a variety of roles during his time at Jubilee Lodge, including Senior Care Assistant, Facilities Manager and Head of Care. More recently, he became General Manager in October 2015. Terry lives in Essex and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to new places and listening to music. His ideal break is a cruise around the world!

Andy Simons

Andy Simons

Director of Marketing and Fundraising

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Andy has a wealth of experience in the holiday industry, having run a £12m partnerships division for Saga Holidays and launched a number of UK holiday propositions successfully for them including Warner Leisure Hotels, Cottages.com, Hilton and IHG.

Andy has a wealth of experience in the holiday industry, having run a £12m partnerships division for Saga Holidays, and launched a number of UK holiday propositions successfully for them including Warner Leisure Hotels, Cottages.com, Hilton and IHG.  He has a data marketing background, and has also managed contact centre teams and negotiated major contracts with corporate partners.  Andy volunteers with a regional Mencap affiliate in his local community, supporting learning disabled adults, and joined Revitalise in September 2016.  His ideal holiday would include some ancient culture, a little bit of adventure, several relaxing coffee and cake stops, and some fun activities to keep his 6 year old daughter entertained.

Dan Bentley

Dan Bentley

Honorary Ambassador

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Chelmsford-born Dan Bentley is a Team GB Boccia Paralympian. He won a team gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and a team bronze at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Chelmsford-born Dan Bentley is a Team GB Boccia Paralympian. He won a team gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and a team bronze at the 2012 London Paralympics. On a visit to Jubilee Lodge in 2013, to help celebrate Revitalise’s 50th anniversary and the appointment of Samantha Cameron as the charity’s Patron, Dan commented: "I was honoured to have been asked along today to play a round of Boccia with the guests and volunteers at Jubilee Lodge and also highlight the fantastic work that Revitalise excel at and help them celebrate their 50th year.  When I was younger I used to have breaks away. Not only did it help me, it also gave my parents much-needed time to recharge their batteries." Dan recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a Graphic Design degree and now works as a graphic designer.

David Smith MBE

David Smith MBE

Honorary Ambassador

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David Smith won a gold medal in the BC1 mixed individual Boccia event at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

David Smith won a gold medal in the BC1 mixed individual Boccia event at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. His gold in Rio adds to the gold he won in Beijing and the silver and bronze he won in London. David is now the joint most successful British Boccia player in history. He developed his talent for Boccia as a student at Treloars School in Hampshire, of which he is now Patron. He became the youngest ever player to win the British Championships and went on to be crowned World Champion at the age of 18.  On a recent visit to Netley Waterside House to show the guests his medal collection, David said: “Achieving gold is something I will never forget and it was great to see so many of the guests having fun and getting involved in a sport that I am so passionate about.” David famously played Boccia with Samantha Cameron on the occasion of Samantha’s appointment as Patron of Revitalise at Jubilee Lodge in 2013. Eastleigh-born David - who now resides in Swansea - was awarded an MBE for services to Paralympic sport in the Queen’s New Years Honours list in 2017.

Nick Skelton CBE

Nick Skelton CBE

Honorary Ambassador

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Nick won a team Showjumping gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, and surpassed this with individual gold in Rio four years later - making him the oldest British Olympic gold medallist since 1908.

Showjumping star Nick was appointed an Honorary Ambassador for Revitalise in February 2017. Nick has had a long and very successful career in equestrianism and received an OBE for services to equestrian sport in 2012. Later, Nick won a team Showjumping gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, and surpassed this with individual gold in Rio four years later - making him the oldest British Olympic gold medallist since 1908. For this, and in recognition of his continued service to equestrian sport, Nick was elevated to a CBE. Revitalise offered an Ambassadorship to Nick due to his incredible Showjumping achievements and his personal experience of disability caused by a neck injury in 2000, from which Nick subsequently made a full recovery. Nick now works tirelessly to support fellow injured equestrians in recovery from spinal injury.

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