Tanni Grey-Thompson joins Sunderland charity board

Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of the country's most successful ever Paralympians, has joined the Board of Trustees at the Foundation of Light.

Thursday, 28th June 2018, 6:00 am
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson

Competing at five Paralympic Games between 1988 and 2004, Dame Tanni won 11 gold medals, four silver and one bronze in wheelchair racing events (100-800m

and 4x100m).

Since retiring from competition, she has taken several posts, mainly focussed on sport and fitness participation, including chairing the board of ukactive, which promotes active lifestyles.

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Now, she’ll also be championing Sunderland-based Foundation of Light, which recently moved into its new home in the state-of-the-art Beacon of Light in Monkwearmouth.

As well as housing sports pitches, the £20million Beacon will also become a central hub for disability sport within the region.

Sir Bob Murray CBE, chair of trustees at Foundation of Light, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dame Thompson to our Board of Trustees. She has been a leading light and force for good within sport for a long time now and her expertise, passion and insight will help us improve even more lives within the North East.”

Tanni Grey-Thompson added: “I am very proud to be joining Foundation of Light’s Board of Trustees at such an exciting time. The Beacon of Light especially offers a fantastic opportunity for so many people to improve their health and lives, and I look forward to helping them make the most of it.”

The former athlete joins a trustee board comprising of leading figures from the worlds of: education; health and wellbeing; sport and play; and the world of work/industry and enterprise.

The current Trustees of Foundation of Light are: Sir Bob Murray CBE; Kate Adie OBE DL; George Clarke; Paul Collingwood MBE; Steve Cram CBE; The Rt Hon The

Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley, PC; Colonel The Hon James Ramsbotham DL; Sir Tim Rice; and Sir Peter Vardy DL.