Starting with a triathlon relay in September 2013 the charity has developed quickly.
In 2014, our founder, John Willis, undertook his second challenge, his 50:50:100, completing 50 swims of 1,000m in 50 pools in 100 days raising a further £20,000 to establish the charity. John also spoke at each swim, engaging all with his life story of overcoming obstacles.
We also held our first Power House Games in October 2014 at King’s College School, Cambridge.
In 2015 we held our first Festivals of Inclusive Sport – golf and badminton – moved to the social incubator within the Future Business Centre in East
Cambridge and held the second Power House Games at King’s.
2016 saw an explosion in activity: we held 34 Power House Games and two more Festivals – hockey and badminton. And John undertook his biggest challenge to-date: JohnsRoad2Rio in which he participated in all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports. This included some challenging sports – judo, kayaking, cycling – and some scarier activities – diving and horse riding in particular!
Some numbers (to October 2017):
We have delivered 44 Power House Games attended by over 5,000 adults and children.
The 9 Festivals have attracted 600 participants.
John has spoken over 100 times in various settings – from intimate talks with excluded students to vast school halls, from a primary school corridor to talking from a swimming pool! We estimate he has engaged over 8,000 people with his talks.