We are thrilled to have the support of our wonderful Ambassadors.
Founding Patron - Professor Brian Lamb OBE
Top British model David Gandy became involved in Achievement for All in March 2015 and is passionate about making education work for everyone. He says: "One in five children are underachieving at school and falling way behind their classmates. For them the future is bleak. Achievement for All is changing that on a huge scale. By supporting this charity you are literally opening up the gates of opportunity for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Together let’s make sure 100% of children are helped to be the best they can be."
As well as highlighting our work in a number of articles and media appearances, David picked up his paint brush and helped redecorate a room for Achievement for All pupils in Maria Fidelis Catholic School, Camden.
Kate Grey lost her left hand at 2 years old following a freak accident. At the age of 4 her parents encouraged her to learn to swim; it was a daunting task for Kate – she was afraid of deep water and struggled to balance with one hand – but she persevered and went on to swim regularly at her local club.
Kate has never let her disability hold her back, and alongside club swimming she also pursued a number of other sports, including netball, athletics, tennis and horse riding. At the age of 10 she was offered the chance to compete in her first disability swimming competition. In 2002, aged just 13, Kate was earmarked as a potential Paralympian and went on to represent Great Britain for the next 10 years.
Kate has been an Achievement for All Ambassador since 2014. She says: "Working with children and young people to help them achieve their full potential has always been a passion of mine. So it is a pleasure and privilege to support Achievement for All, because like me this charity believes that every child matters."
Joffre White is an author and a UK Patron of Reading. With over 800 visits to schools and literary events across the U.K. Joffre actively promotes the importance of reading and literacy by delivering his acclaimed, motivational and inspiring sessions, which are designed to excite, energise and encourage young people to find their voice, and realise their true potential through the power of words.
He believes that all children deserve support and encouragement to achieve their ambitions and dreams. “No child should be left behind, given up on or ignored. Each and every one of them deserves the opportunity to have a rewarding and fulfilling future. This is why I believe that Achievement For All is such an important organisation, and I am honoured to give them my wholehearted support.”
Henry Winkler is a Hollywood actor, producer and director who is most famous for playing The Fonz in the long-running TV show Happy Days. He is the author of several best-selling children's novels and co-writer of the CBBC series Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever. Henry is dyslexic and shares Achievement for All's passion to inspire greatness in every child. He has been an Achievement for All Ambassador since 2012. Henry says: "Every child has greatness inside them. We need to help them dig it out and give it to the world."