Meet our Patrons!
Christopher Dean OBE
Chris was born in Calverton, just 15 miles from Hope House. He represented Great Britain in ice dancing and won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics with partner, Jayne Torvill, after earning full marks from all nine judges – a record that still stands to this day.
He had these kind words to say about Hope House… ‘You faced such an uphill struggle and bureaucracy to achieve such a great school and for that I admire you greatly.’
Liz Hobbs MBE
Liz is not only a World Champion ski racer, a TV and radio presenter, producer and director, her Newark based business, Liz Hobbs Group Ltd is now the largest provider of concerts and events to sporting venues in the UK.
‘(Hope House)… is a service that is so desperately needed in our county and I am delighted to be associated in helping to raise awareness and funds for such a wonderful project.’
Sophie Wells MBE
Sophie is part of Team GB’s reigning Paralympic, World and European dressage teams and has won 14 championship Gold Medals. She has also ridden as an able-bodied athlete at the Young Rider European Championships, the Young Rider World Cup and at Grand Prix. She is a wonderful role model for our pupils!
Fraser has worked in the sports media industry for more than two decades and for 14 years headed up the Communications department at Nottingham Forest FC – a role that he now fulfils in the Premier League with Stoke City.
Ken has been a presenter and broadcaster on BBC Radio since 1984 and has presented his very popular morning show on Radio 2 for almost twenty-five years. He has an autistic son and is a great supporter of autism charities.
Adam is a World-class flamenco and classical guitarist who was mentored by the famous Manitas de Plata. He has performed in venues around the UK, including The Royal Albert Hall.
Shona is an International hockey player who, as a member of the Great Britain team, won the EuroHockey Championships gold medal in 215, followed up with another gold medal at her first Olympic Games in Rio.