Congratulations to our Patron, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who was crowned the World Champion on 3rd October 2019 alongside breaking the British record with 6,981 points which ranks her sixth on the all-time heptathlon lists.
Katarina become involved with the Barrie Wells Trust when she was just 15 years old as part of the charity’s former athlete sponsorship and Athletes4Schools programme.
Barrie Wells, founder of the Trust explains,
“The big part of supporting athletes leading into the London 2012 Olympics was to be able to share the journey with them and especially make a significant difference in the early days. In the case of Katarina this included paying taxis to get to training, her driving lessons, her first car and, when she was injured, taking her away on holiday with my family to watch the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. Katarina is now one of my very good friends and when I received my honorary doctorate through Edge Hill University she came along to support me. Whilst she may not need my funding anymore being there to support her at all her events is very special and I am delighted her determination and commitment to success has paid off.”
Katarina is now Patron of the Barrie Wells Trust and is a great role model to all of the children supported through our charity’s Box4Kids initiative. We have taken over 9,000 children and their families to sport and entertainment venues across the UK where they are a treated as a VIP, including Barrie’s personal box at Liverpool FC which has been donated to seriously ill children for the last 9 years at every home game. Kat regularly hosts at Liverpool and is a great inspiration to all the children and families she meets.