MEET OUR PATRONS
Our team is ready to support Tetraplegics and their family and friends in all aspects of social life.
The 2018 Wimbledon Championships marked the end of Barry Davies 52 year career as a television sports and events commentator and presenter which he began as a member of the ITV team when England won the World Cup in 1966. In the years between he has been to nine more World Cups and 19 summer and winter Olympic Games with a role in many different sports, mainly with the BBC. For 35 of those years he was a regular commentator on Match of the Day. Barry says "Having been very lucky in my life I was, from my first introduction to Regain, lost in admiration for those to whom fate has not been so kind. Their positive approach and lack of complaint is an example to us all and I am happy to play a small part in Regain's efforts to support them.
In February 1962 Brough Scott won a point to point at his very first attempt. If that was something of a miracle, he only had to wait a month before receiving an even more generous gift from fate he walked away from hospital a day after falling and cracking a bone in his neck. Since then, through 8 years as an amateur and professional jockey and then nearly 50 as a broadcaster and journalist, he has never forgotten his good fortune. He has ridden at Cheltenham, Aintree and far beyond. He has broadcast all over the world. Brough says " I have greatly admired the way Regain has given tetraplegics who have had a sporting accident opportunities to show that "incapacity" is an inappropriate word. For me supporting Regain is not just necessary, it is an inspiration.
Mark Foster is one of Britain’s most respected sports media personalities. As a five-time Olympian, World, European and Commonwealth Champion and holder of eight world records in a career spanning 23 years, Mark Foster is one of Britain’s most successful swimmers. In 2008 Mark was chosen as the flag bearer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony which he cites as one of his proudest moments. Since retiring Mark has cemented himself as a regular commentator on our screens around major international swimming events, a brand ambassador, an inspiring keynote speaker in both in the corporate world and to aspiring youngsters through his swimming academy. In 2017 Mark spoke publicly about his sexuality revealing to the wider world he was gay. Mark says “ I am very proud and honoured to be a patron of Regain. I recognise that many tetraplegics who receive support from Regain have had an accident through diving. I believe the work they are doing in educating young people about the danger of diving into shallow water is vital in helping to prevent more spinal injuries.
Paul Sculthorpe is the man who was born to be a superstar. Touted as a future Great Britain skipper before he even played his first game as a professional, he has more than lived up to the billing over the ensuing years.The only player to ever be named Man of Steel in successive years, the St Helens captain is arguably the most talented man to grace a rugby league field in modern times. Yet Sculthorpe did not always have his sights set on Challenge Cup and Grand Final glory. 4 x Super League titles, 4 x Challenge Cup winners, 2 x World Club Challenge winners, 6 x England Caps, 26 x Great Britain caps and St Helens & Great Britain captain. ‘I’m honoured to be a patron for Regain and support a fantastic charity. I’ve had teammates who have suffered life-changing spinal injuries and seen first hand the challenges they face, so it’s a pleasure to help where I can and back an amazing team at Regain'
Peter Norfolk has had an outstanding career in Sport. Being a tetraplegic himself Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the Charity, knowing what it is like to become tetraplegic and overcome your accident and then achieve in Sport. Peter has earned 5 paralympic medals, 10 Grand slams ( US open and Oz Open) plus numerous other tournament wins and accolades Peter says “ I hope to bring my many years as a wheelchair user, sports career and mobility retailer to help Regain achieve its fundraising targets and enable us to help advise other Tetras who have had a life changing sports injury.
Retired English Rugby Union Player, Charlie Hodgson, is the leading premiership points scorer of all time – and now a patron for Regain. Having been the Fly Half for Sale Sharks and Saracens, he also played for England, before announcing his international retirement in 2012. Charlie says: “I was honoured to be asked to be a patron of Regain. Having played at a high level of sport, I recognise how devastating it must be to have a spinal injury as a sports player. I know that Regain helps many tetraplegics, who have sustained an injury playing Rugby. To be supported to get back into playing sport at any level after your injury is a great thing.”