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New role for world champion Ohuruogo

NEW ROLE: Christine Ohuruogo

WORLD 400M champion Christine Ohuruogu has become charity St Giles Trust’s first sporting ambassador. The world, Olympic & Commonwealth Games athlete - who is the first British female to win three global titles – was officially announced as an ambassador at the charity’s recent AGM where she presented awards to frontline staff and volunteers who had gone the extra mile to help their clients.

It follows a visit to St Giles Trust’s south London headquarters where Christine met staff and volunteers at the charity - a leading employer of people with criminal convictions - which supports ex-offenders and those at risk to break the cycle of crime and disadvantage. It uses trained, reformed ex-offenders to provide peer-led services, using a mix of professional skills and first-hand experience to engage people who are the most marginalised.

Ohuruogu said: “I’m looking forward to helping St Giles Trust raise awareness of their work as I have seen the impact they can have on the lives of people who face very challenging situations. It is important that people know there is help and support for them and we give them opportunities to choose a better path.

"Meeting the staff of the trust and seeing their drive and passion for their work was inspiring and I aim to continue to support them through my new role.”

St Giles Trust Chief Executive Rob Owen said: “We are over the moon that such a prestigious, inspirational individual has decided to support St Giles Trust. We are not a cuddly charity and our work involves supporting some of the most difficult, complex people in society. It is a testament to her courage and kindness that she has chosen to lend her support to us. We are very much looking forward to working with her.”

Christine joins a handful of St Giles Trust’s past and present high profile ambassadors and patrons including HRH The Duke of Cambridge, X-Factor winner Sam Bailey, actress Jenny Agutter OBE, Lord Phillips of Matravers and Dame Liz Forgan.

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