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Our Founder and Chief Ambassador, John Willis, swapped the sports pitch for the Pride of Britain red carpet!

After winning Cambridge’s Fundraiser of the year, John Willis, attended the star-studded red-carpet London event to celebrate the Pride of Britain.

John rubbed shoulders with the stars as he attended the national Pride of Britain Awards evening to honour a whole host of wonderful, inspiring individuals.

John with Singer Fleur East

John with Footballer and Pundit Jermaine Jenas

John with Lioness Leah Williamson

John with Wheelchair Basketball Star Ade Adepitan

John with Strictly Star Aljaž Škorjanec

John with Footballers Jermain Defoe and Troy Deeney

John was recently surprised during his visit to Quilters Junior School, Essex by the ITV team and his family, where he was awarded with Regional Fundraiser of the Year, Pride of Britain Award. The award recognised John’s recent epic fundraiser – paddling 108 miles down the River Thames, across five counties, of which raised over £15,000 for our charity.

John Willis, Chief Ambassador and Charity Founder, said:

“It truly was an honour to share the room with so many amazing people doing wonderful things. To be named amongst some of the most inspiring people in Britain, and to have a spotlight shone on our charity is overwhelmingly brilliant.

My mission has always been to ensure that no one is left feeling how I was when I was a child. It’s so important that everyone has the chance to be active – and hopefully I’ve highlighted that anything is possible.

I had the honour of chatting so many different people from all walks of life. From A-list celebrities and sports-stars to young children who have done extraordinary things. It was amazing to be able to tell my story, but even more amazing to hear theirs.

Attending the Pride of Britain awards was an incredible experience. I’m so proud our charity has made a national stage. Thanks to ITV for making this possible.”

You can see the promotional film, including seeing the moment that John was surprised in front of Quilters Junior School students, and read about John on the ITV website, by clicking the image.

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