8 years ago I decided I wanted to start raising money for Mental Health and Dementia.

Unfortunately my mother-in-law Lesley was diagnosed with Dementia. She went from being a fit, healthy and successful business woman to virtually overnight not recognising any of us. Lesley passed in February 2018 but her legacy will live on . I am passionate about continuing to raise money for the carers and sufferers of this cruel disease.

My plan now is do an Ironman event annually to continue to raise money.

For what I have to endure with these extreme challenges is nothing compared to what sufferers, carers and their loved ones have to go through every single day.

I thank you massively in advance for your contributions. Every penny we raise will make a difference to providing better times for these sufferers.

Facts on Dementia:

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

850,000 people have dementia in the UK.

The number of people with dementia in the UK is forecast to increase to over 1 million by 2025 and over 2 million by 2051.

  • ironman Portugal 2019

    On Sept 29 2019 I’ll be travelling to Portugal to compete in my 6th ironman, to raise money for a Dementia and mental health. Starting point in Cascais, 1 mile […]

  • Ironman Finland 2018

    Excited to get a place in Finland’s first ever Ironman. June 30 2018. The race was in Lahti, one of the leading event cities in Finland and the gateway to […]

  • Ironman Switzerland 2017

    “I’m did Ironman Switzerland 70.30 in June 2017 to raise money for Dementia support – The Mase Group. Over the last 11 years my very close family has been heavily […]

  • GS® branded triathlon gear by Huub design

    Many thanks to Huub Design and DS Screenprints for my GS® branded triathlon gear, for ironman Switzerland. HUUB has 4 decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance […]

  • GR100

    At the end of 2014 GSD® CEO & Founder Graham Shapiro was chosen as one of the exclusive 100 team members led by Gordon Ramsey  to compete in GR100. 1.2-mile […]

  • Ironman Barcelona 2016

    GSD® CEO Graham Shapiro took part in ironman Barcelona on 2/10/2016 to raise money for Alzheimer’s support. An Ironman race is the world’s toughest one day triathlon event. Graham commented, […]

  • First ever International Customer Experience Awards

    First ever International Customer Experience Awards

    I was proud to be a judge at the first ever International Customer Experience Awards in Holland in November 2018.

    The International Customer Experience Awards celebrated and recognised the very best across multiple categories with the Finals and Awards Ceremony being the culmination of an engaging and exciting awards journey for all participants.

    This unique event enabled businesses from across the world to compete for the ultimate accolade in the world of customer experience.

    There were over 20 judges, including myself, with businesses entering worldwide.

    The two categories I was asked to Chair were:

    Effective Use of Social Media or Mobile and Best Digital Strategy.

    The one winner that stood out for me was T-Mobile who won Best Digital Strategy . A cool presentation with 3 representatives whose attention to detail on the product was phenomenal.

    They had created a very clever what’s app style messaging portal for existing customers, believing and proving that email communication could be a thing of the past and the future lies in txt messaging, saving time and money. They had also developed an environment with their customer base, where instead of having multiple account handlers per customer, you would have one point of contact. Excellent concept.

     

     

     

    Thanks to Huub and DS Screenprint

    Thanks to Huub and DS Screenprint

    Thanks to everyone at Huub and DS Screenprint for supplying my triathlon gear for my next ironman challenge. In September 2019 I’ll be competing in ironman Portugal to raise money for Mental Health and Dementia. To have the right equipment is crucial and I really appreciate all the support Huub and DS Screenprint have given me.

    ironman Portugal 2019

    ironman Portugal 2019

    On Sept 29 2019 I’ll be travelling to Portugal to compete in my 6th ironman, to raise money for a Dementia and mental health.

    Starting point in Cascais, 1 mile swim in the bay, the single 90,1 km loop cycle course runs alongside the ocean, through to Oeiras, Algés, Belém and returning in Alcântara, a fast and flat part of this beautiful landscape. The course also covers stunning natural scenery in the Sintra forests, returning to Cascais along the Guincho Beach road “where the land ends and the sea begins.” The two loops of the 21,1 km run course start in the Hippodrome, taking athletes through Cascais Village, Marginal road and returning to Cascais bay, the perfect inspiration to finish the race.

    Great catchup with Arian Kalantari

    Great catchup with Arian Kalantari

    Good to spend some time with director of Ladbible, Arian Kalantari, a guy I’ve admired for sometime. It was also inspiring to listen to his Q&A session at the E2E #ScaleUp2Success in Manchester.

    LADbible are best known for their viral video creation. In July 2017, LADbible were the most watched video creator across the globe with 2.8 billion video views according to Tubular Labs’ monthly rankings. In 2018 LADbible won several Cannes Lions awards include the prestigious grand Prix prize for their Trash Isles campaign.

    In July 2017 Tubular Lab’s ranked LADbible at No. 3 globally in the Top Media & Entertainment Properties, behind only Walt Disney and BuzzFeed and ahead of Time Warner, Comcast and Axel Springer SE.

    In the same month Tubular Labs also rank LADbible as the No. 1 ‘Media & Entertainment Creator’ in the world.

    MALIC 2018

    MALIC 2018

    Incredible week at my residency for the Masters degree I’m doing in Leading Innovation and Change, a collaboration with York St John University and Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland. 22 of us from 6 different continents ..a special and unique experience!

    I met some great people and some of whom I will keep the link going forever.

    Special thanks to our lecturers: Radu Negoescu, George Boak, Irene Chu, David Thompson, and Sarah Crabbe.

    The International Business Festival 2018

    The International Business Festival 2018

    I was pleased to attend one of the days at The International Business Festival 2018, with John Mohin OBE. (GSD Chairman) John is an Ambassador of the Festival.
    The International Business Festival has a programme covering nine high growth sectors, ranging from manufacturing and life sciences to creative industries.
    It is biggest business event of the year. 55 major events. Thousands of industry professionals. 200 world-class speakers.

    The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William attended the event. Having previously been announced as the patron for the 2018 event, the Duke met delegates and discussed the importance of the business sector and how it can be a force for good. During his visit to the festival at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, His Royal Highness explored the exhibits and zones, meet the next generation of young entrepreneurs and business leaders and delivered a speech to delegates.

    Chairman of Judges at The IBX Awards 2018

    Chairman of Judges at The IBX Awards 2018

    It was a very great privilege for me, to be asked to be Chairman of Judges this year at the IBX Awards in Dubai.

    Special thanks to Neil Skehel, CEO and Mark Hamill, Managing Director of IBX for asking me.

    Working alongside the Dubai Government, The International Business Excellence Awards provide companies from across the world with opportunities to showcase and gain recognition for their hard work and great business results.

    The Awards were celebrated at Dubai’s fabulous Jumeirah Beach Hotel on the 23rd and 24th April 2018.

    There were over 34 award categories and over 120 businesses worldwide to judge.
    I met great business people and some amazing companies.

    Geneva Motor Show 2018

    Geneva Motor Show 2018

    My company GSD® design websites for the automotive sector and I was honoured for the first time to be invited as a VIP guest to the Bentley, McLaren, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce stands, at the Geneva Motor Show 2018. What a few days!

    Rolex UK digital strategy for 2018

    Rolex UK digital strategy for 2018

    My company GSD®, for the second year, will be working alongside Rolex on digital strategy for their UK retailers in 2018.

    I attended an exclusive Rolex meeting at 19 St James’s Square, London on 24 January 2018.

    I believe it is one of the most powerful brands in the world and to be working in collaboration with them is a real honour.

    Discussions included digital marketing plans and the intended roll-out of the retailer digital programme through the official Rolex retail network in the UK and Ireland in 2018.

    Objectives of the meeting included:

    – Improving Official Rolex Retailers visibility in search engines.

    – Generating more qualified leads in-store for the Official Rolex Retailers network.

    – Enhancing the overall customer experience of the Rolex brand on-line.

    Rolex is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis, Rolex moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.

    Forbes ranked Rolex 64th on its 2016 list of the world’s most powerful global brands. Rolex is the largest single luxury watch brand, producing about 2,000 watches per day.

    The University of Cambridge

    The University of Cambridge

    I am very proud to be an Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge.
    Featuring in the last 3 publications: Inspiring Leadership & Innovation, The Innovators in Excellence and more recently Innovation 800. My recent 2018 visit was incredible. Special thanks to lecturers, students and everyone for making me feel so part of the University.

    Global Entrepreneurship Week

    Global Entrepreneurship Week

    Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

    As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Culture Liverpool did a blog on me and my companies GSD® and Reggie®. Special thanks to Alissa Koopal and Tammi Murphy.

    Global Entrepreneurship Week: GSD and Reggie

    Liverpool 2018

    Liverpool 2018

    I wad fortunate enough to be invited to the exclusive unveiling of the 2018 programme celebrating the 10 year anniversary since European Capital of Culture 2008, before the official announcement to global media in December.
    What a City!..exciting times ahead.

    International Business Festival launch 2018

    International Business Festival launch 2018
    Pictured from left to right: Graham Shapiro with Max Steinburg CBE, Chairman of The International Business Festival.
    Pictured from left to right: Graham Shapiro with Max Steinburg CBE, Chairman of The International Business Festival.

    On 28 September 2017 I was proud to be asked by Max Steinburg CBE to attend the International Business Festival launch event at Lancaster house in the presence of the HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

    From 12 – 28 June 2018, the UK will host the world’s biggest business event –
The International Business Festival. 50 major events. 9 high-growth industry themes.
200 world-class speakers. Countless opportunities.

    In 2014, the International Business Festival was established as a biennial event that brought some of the world’s most ambitious businesses under one roof to make valuable business connections happen.
    The Festival – staged in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, Liverpool – captured the diversity and dynamism of the global marketplace. It hosted more than 100 individual events, from international conferences to intimate seminars, all housed within the £66m Exhibition Centre Liverpool. In 2016, the second International Business Festival welcomed more than 30,000 attendees from around the world.
    People attend for many reasons, to do deals, be inspired, make connections and enjoy an exciting and engaging programme of expert panels, practical workshops and high-profile keynote addresses.
    The International Business Festival has given a platform to some of the biggest and most influential names in their fields to share expertise and let delegates in on their success stories. With more than 200 events in total, we couldn’t possibly list all our speakers.
    But here’s a small selection who took to the stage and told their story in 2016, just to give you a taste of what we can offer. – Wayne Hemingway MBE (Red or Dead) – Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder, WPP – Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre – Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO – Sir Terry Leahy, former Chief Executive of Tesco – Lord Powell. Former Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister – Johnny Earle, Founder of Johnny Cupcakes EVENTS
    Over three weeks, the 2018 International Business Festival will showcase the world of business as it is today, through an exceptional programme of conferences and seminars. Each will feature input from leading authorities in their fields, promising a range of contrasting and insightful views. It’s what gives our festival its lively atmosphere, memorable debates and lasting value.
    The 2018 International Business Festival will also help businesses get to grips with new markets, including China, India and the Americas. True lands of opportunity, where savvy businesses can secure substantial growth.
    The event will feature an international marketplace, festival incubator, TED style talks from leading business minds, an innovation hub and brokered business meetings to make new deals happen.

     

    Ironman Finland 2018

    Ironman Finland 2018

    Excited to get a place in Finland’s first ever Ironman. June 30 2018.
    The race was in Lahti, one of the leading event cities in Finland and the gateway to the Finnish Lake District.
    A unique element of this race was its start time at 4 p.m. The finish line was open until midnight, where, regardless of your finish time, it stayed bright and all athletes got to witness the nordic midnight sun.

    Pleased to have completed my 5th ironman.

    Thank you to everyone that sponsored me to raise money to support Dementia.

    Creed

    Creed

    Loved recently the opportunity for my GSD® company to pitch for the Creed website. GSD®-Visuals
    Great brand and product. It’s also my signature smell!
    Special thanks to my digital director David Goadby.
    It was also refreshing to connect with Creed’s main marketing team:
    Taylor Dean – Ecommerce & Digital Marketing Manager.
    Nicky Valentine – Sales & Marketing Director.

    MA in Leading Innovation and Change

    MA in Leading Innovation and Change

    I’m excited to embark upon another new challenge and have decided to do an Online MA in Leading Innovation and Change.

    In partnership with Robert Kennedy College in Switzerland, York St John University offers one of the most innovative postgraduate programmes available, the MA in Leading Innovation and Change, to managers and leaders throughout the world. The programme includes a compulsory one-week residency in Zürich.

    I feel that MA in Leading Innovation and Change will enhance my thought process and expertise in continuing to lead and move my businesses forward.

    I also feel personally this programme will be useful to challenge my mind more in thinking through decisions I make.

    Special thanks initially to Sheetal Mahajan who encouraged and supported me to make the decision to study this programme. Also Peter Smith an ex student who helped with his experiences and advice.

    Ironman Switzerland 2017

    Ironman Switzerland 2017
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    “I’m did Ironman Switzerland 70.30 in June 2017 to raise money for Dementia support – The Mase Group.

    Over the last 11 years my very close family has been heavily effected by dementia. It really can happen to any of us!

    7 hours of pain is nothing compared to what these poor carers and sufferers have to go through every day forever!

    I thank you kindly for your contributions. Every penny raised will make a huge difference to providing better times for these sufferers.”

    If you’d like to donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Graham-Shapiro1

     

    850,000 people have dementia in the UK.

    There has been a 56% rise in the number of people diagnosed with dementia from 2010/11 to 2015/16.

    Globally, the numbers of people living with dementia will increase from 46.8m in 2015 to 131.5m in 2050, a 281% increase.

    The diagnosis rate in England was 67% in February 2017.

    2017 Cambridge Strategies: Innovation 800

    2017 Cambridge Strategies: Innovation 800

    Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU), in partnership with St James’s House, is excited to announce the digital launch of Innovation 800.

    This new publication tells the story of eight centuries of innovative thinking from one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

    Innovation 800 covers a range of subjects – from the impact of the University of Cambridge’s groundbreaking thinkers (from the philosopher Erasmus to the Monty Python team and beyond) to the university’s unique tutorial system, which helps students think for themselves. It also examines the rise and growth of Silicon Fen – Cambridge’s equivalent to Silicon Valley.

    Featuring contributions from industry pioneers and commentators, as well as informative features, engaging insights and expert advice for students and alumni, Innovation 800 connects students, innovators, educators, recruiters and the wider world of business.

    CUSU President Amatey Doku said: “As a showcase for innovation across a variety of industries and career paths, we’re thrilled to be publishing this new and valuable resource for our students.”

    The launch will be supported across social media via CUSU and St James’s House platforms with the hashtag #Innovation800.

    As an Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge, Graham Shapiro said: “Graham Shapiro Design (GSD®) is proud to be featured in this impressive project, which tells the creative story of the University of Cambridge and will help inspire its students to be the world’s next great innovators.”

    The latest digital edition in their ongoing Cambridge Strategies series is now live, and can be viewed via the project website here: www.cambridge-strategies.org.

    The commissioned GSD® article can be viewed via this link:http://www.cambridge-strategies.org/pioneers/graham-shapiro-design/

    The Cambridge Strategies Reggie® Education app video can also be found here on the same website: http://www.cambridge-strategies.org/videos/graham-shapiro-design/

    Dreams can come true!

    Dreams can come true!

    As a life long Liverpool F.C. fan I finally this year met my football hero on holiday while staying at the same hotel!

    Steven Gerrard MBE is an English professional football coach and former professional footballer who serves as an academy coach at Liverpool. He spent the majority of his playing career as a central midfielder for Liverpool and the England national team, with most of that time spent as club captain. Regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, Gerrard was awarded the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award in 2005, and the Ballon d’Or Bronze Award. In 2009, Zinedine Zidane and Pelé said that they considered Gerrard to be the best footballer in the world. A versatile and well-rounded player, highly regarded for his leadership, Gerrard is the only footballer in history to score in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and a UEFA Champions League Final, winning on each occasion.

    Proud to collaborate with Apple

    Proud to collaborate with Apple

    A very proud moment for me personally that my invention the interloopmailer® was used by Apple.

    Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in April 1976 to develop and sell personal computers.
    Apple is the world’s largest information technology company by revenue, the world’s largest technology company by total assets.

    Apple were launching the new model of iPad and required a direct marketing piece to promote the launch of the product. Apple were aiming to promote the fact that “Everything changes with iPad”. iPad is a device like no other. One that changes the way you do things and what you think is possible from the moment you start using it.

    The interloopmailer® offered the perfect solution to communicate this message. My company GSD® designed the concept for the Apple interloopmailer® which was received well. My designers created a clean and contemporary interloopmailer® using bold graphics to communicate key product information.

    www.interloopmailer.com

    GS® branded triathlon gear by Huub design

    GS® branded triathlon gear by Huub design

    Many thanks to Huub Design and DS Screenprints for my GS® branded triathlon gear, for ironman Switzerland. HUUB has 4 decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance sports which they use to create the best triathlon you’ll find.

    Named as the ‘Best triathlon wetsuit brand of the year’ by 220 Triathlon Magazine for the past 3 years. HUUB is the brand you’ll see worn by triathletes such as the Brownlee brothers and also by team Ichiban, Jenson Button’s triathlon team.

    Special thanks to my team at GSD®

    Special thanks to my team at GSD®

    Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

    “Amazing what so many talented people past & present have achieved #teamgsd

    As the CEO & Founder I feel very privileged to be writing this message as this is a special time in celebrating our 20th anniversary.

    I have found it incredible to reflect on just how far we have come since I began our journey on November 11, 1995 as a sole trader, situated under ‘the stairs’ at Globe House Office in Nantwich, Cheshire, UK.

    I founded and created my business 20 years ago and ever since I have been leading my team to evolve, innovate and develop visual communication in an ever-increasingly competitive global market. Starting out as a traditional Graphic Design business, followed by a move into Digital and New Media I continue to drive my business to create online and offline designs for some of the largest companies in the world.

    At GSD® our core is ‘design is life enhancing’ and like anything important is worth doing well. We have built our business on a strong culture where everyone has great ideas and our people are the most important asset. Our team is passionate about creating innovative digital and graphic designs to help businesses make money and succeed.

    My words will never be enough to praise my team (past and present) for their great work and dedication, my family and friends for the love and support, my clients, who without them we would not have been given all the incredible opportunities to do what we do, my collaboration partners, suppliers and everyone associated with the success of GSD®.

    I want to sincerely thank you for being a part of my Company and for continuing to drive us forward so that our future may be just as great as our past.”

    Graham Shapiro Judge at IBX Awards 2017

    Graham Shapiro Judge at IBX Awards 2017

    Having won 3 IBX Awards in 2 years, I was really proud to be asked to be a judge at the 2017 Awards in Dubai.

    The University Of Cambridge – Inspiring Leadership & Innovation

    The University Of Cambridge – Inspiring Leadership & Innovation

    GSD® CEO & Founder Graham Shapiro was honoured to feature in The Inspiring Leadership and Innovation, an official Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) publication.

    The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s most recognisable and respected names in education and research, and has been leading its field for over 800 years. Behind its magnificent buildings and architecture lies one of the world’s richest sources of intellectual talent.

    It is the exemplary education on offer from Cambridge that makes its global reputation so remarkable. Countries throughout the world have benefited from prime ministers, scientists, scholars, professors, medics, business leaders, industrialists and entrepreneurs who share this common denominator of excellence.
    The University of Cambridge is a world-leading model of educational excellence with a reputation that spans the centuries. This long-standing status does not mean, however, that it’s an institution content to rest on its laurels. On the contrary, the university and its colleges continue to invest in the future to deliver an exceptional education to the students of today and tomorrow.

    Produced by Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) and St James’s House publishers Cambridge: Inspiring Leadership & Innovation is a lively and informative mix of news, practical information and in-depth articles. Charting the university’s success stories from past and present, and providing current students with the tools and inspiration to follow suit, the book also highlights how selected people and organisations from around the world are promoting best practice and nurturing new innovations.

    CUSU: The Inspiring Leadership and Innovation will be made available to:

    • More than 20,000 Cambridge students
    • Members of the Cambridge Alumni Association
    • UK and international government departments
    • More than 30,000 UK education institutions
    • 17,000 higher and further education institutions worldwide
    • International accreditation bodies
    • Ranking organisations

    GR100

    GR100

    At the end of 2014 GSD® CEO & Founder Graham Shapiro was chosen as one of the exclusive 100 team members led by Gordon Ramsey  to compete in GR100.

    1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run, all in a set time on the same day!

    Graham completed the ironman on Sunday 14 June 2015, to raise money for the GR Foundation Charity.

    Overall time: 6hrs 59mins

    Split:
    1.2 mile open water swim 51mins
    56 mile Bike: 3hrs32mins
    13 mile Run: 2hrs12mins
    Transition time:
    T1 – Swim to Bike: 12 mins
    T2 – Bike to Run: 11 mins

    Graham commented, “When I met with Gordon Ramsey he spoke about how an ironman event could be a life-changing experience and it has been!
    Not only to raise money for 6 great causes but to enable me to have the inner strength and determination to tackle the challenges, mentally and physically. If I can do it anyone can! Before December 2014 I couldn’t even swim properly.”

    “Thanks firstly to my wonderful family, team GSD®, my ironman coach Steve Cartlidge (without him I would never have got through it, not only did he teach me to swim he was 100% committed to me, attending 5am cold open water swimming sessions and extremely long training sessions) Gordon Ramsey, Tana Ramsey, Will Usher, Nick Dunn, James Halloway and Kevin Justice (two GR100 team members and friends for life!), all the GR100 team, HUUB and finally and most importantly all of my charity supporters that have raised on behalf of my GR100 ironman event £2,771.10 and £700 for the Mase Group charity, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to you all for your immense support and donations to such fantastic causes.”

     

    Ironman Barcelona 2016

    Ironman Barcelona 2016

    GSD® CEO Graham Shapiro took part in ironman Barcelona on 2/10/2016 to raise money for Alzheimer’s support.

    An Ironman race is the world’s toughest one day triathlon event.

    Graham commented, “I decided to raise money this year for The Monthly Alzheimer’s Support Evenings (MASE). An amazing charity offering help to carers and their loved ones who are on the journey of dementia.

    Unfortunately over the last 10 years my very close family has been heavily effected by dementia. It really can happen to any of us!

    For what I had to endure for 14 hours of hard work and pain (2.4 mile sea swim, 112mile bike ride and a marathon 26.2 mile within 16 hours) is nothing compared to what sufferers, carers and their loved ones have to go through every single day.

    I thank you massively for your contributions. To have raised £4,600 is mind blowing! Every penny we raised will make a huge difference to providing better times for these sufferers.

    Thanks also to my wonderful family, friends, team GSD®, my ironman coach Steve Cartlidge, my training partner James Holloway, my nutritionist Mhari Keil, my physio Ruddy Farquharson and my osteopath Ian Whyte. Without these people I would never of achieved full Ironman status.”

    If you’d like to still donate please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Graham-Shapiro.

    Graham’s overall time: 14hrs 39mins

    Split:
    2.4 mile sea swim 1hr 33mins
    112 mile Bike: 6hrs 51mins
    26.2 mile Run: 5hrs 55mins

     

    A special evening!

    A special evening!

    Stafford’s Blessed William Howard High School recognised their students during the annual awards and reunion evening.
    I was very honoured to be asked to present certificates and give a talk to students, parents and teachers about my own career journey. It has to go down as one of my proudest moments, going back to my old school as guest to give out the awards and certificates.

     

     

     

    A proud dad!

    A proud dad!

    In December 2016 my daughter and her fashion colleagues created a clothing range and show in honour of the Hillsborough 96 victims to get the powerful message across.

    The Kirsty Club Skydive

    The Kirsty Club Skydive

    On Saturday 6th October 15 2012 I travelled to Cockerham Airfield, Lancashire to Skydive 27,000 feet from a Pilatus Porter Aircraft. Amazing experience which also helped to raise £1,000’s for this great charity!

    The Kirsty Club is building on the success of the Kirsty Appeal, which raised £5 million to secure the future of Francis House. Now fundraising to expand and improve the facilities and capacity so we can help even more children.

    The Kirsty Club