Jumping for joy!

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16th March 2017
Nick Skelton showjumping with Big Star

It’s a very exciting time for us all at Revitalise and we’re pretty sure that if it were ever possible to scoop a gold medal for jumping for joy we’d most certainly be crowned victorious!

Why? I hear you ask. Well, we are ecstatic to welcome a brand new Honorary Ambassador to our charity, but before we reveal all to you about who this wonderful person is, we thought you might like to have a go at guessing yourself…

Our latest Ambassador has had an extensive and very successful career in equestrianism and received an OBE for his services to equestrian sport in 2012. He later won a team Showjumping gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics and surpassed this with individual gold in Rio four years later.

And here’s your final clue, before we reveal who the mystery person is – in recognition of his continued service to equestrian sport, our Honorary Ambassador was elevated to Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Have you guessed who it is yet? Well, drum-roll please, it’s none other than Olympic Showjumper Nick Skelton! Pretty amazing, right?! We’re delighted to share with you all that Nick will join Boccia Medallists and Team GB Paralympians Dan Bentley and David Smith as another of our Honorary Ambassadors.

As with all of our wonderful supporters, choosing the right people to embody the values of our charity is essential and we’re certain that Nick will be another huge asset to our charity and will most certainly play a part in helping us to achieve our hopes and dreams for the future. Not only do we admire Nick for his incredible sporting achievements and career, but when you consider that he went on to amass such incredible career highlights even after sustaining a spinal injury, the decision to invite him on board with our charity was an easy one.

After all, Nick’s obvious determination and indomitable spirit goes right to the heart of everything our charity stands for. And that’s not all; Nick also does a great deal of valuable work supporting the rehabilitation of injured equestrians. As an organisation, it’s also part of our work supporting disabled people and their carers to support people recovering from potentially life-changing spinal injuries through a specialist programme run at our Sandpipers centre in Southport.

We are in no doubt that Nick’s compassion and expertise in supporting others who have sustained spinal injuries, coupled with our knowledge of providing respite holidays unlike any other in our sector or indeed the UK, will help us to reach even greater numbers of people who could benefit from our support, which ultimately is what’s most important.

If you’d like to read more about Nick including what he had to say about his new found connection to our charity, then why not read our latest news item here.

Image Credit: Shannon Brinkman.

Written by Stephanie Stone.

Stephanie Stone

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