Episode #20 of the England Athletics podcast: In the latest England Athletics Podcast you’ll hear not from an athlete, or a coach, but a unique guest! Successful businessman Barrie Wells decided to give away millions of pounds to help athletes reach their dreams.
What would you do if you had the chance to give away millions of pounds? Following a successful business career, entrepreneur Barrie Wells decided to donate the money to fund athletes including Katarina-Johnson Thompson on their journeys towards the London 2012 Olympic Games. “I met Katarina when she was only just 15 and said ‘I’m on your journey all the way right through, because I believe you can get an Olympic gold medal.”
Barrie – the grandson of former world pole vault record-holder Ernest Latimer Stones – has also supported a huge number of seriously ill children as part of an initiative called Box4Kids. After being awarded an MBE earlier this year, he took some time out to talk to Alex Seftel about his career, philanthropy, and his love of sport.
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