Olympic hero Dame Kelly Holmes to celebrate her trust’s Yorkshire success during visit to Leeds

Dame Kelly Holmes at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Dame Kelly Holmes at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
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Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes will showcase the success of her charity in a visit to Leeds tomorrow.

The former athlete will visit Headingley Carnegie Stadium to discuss the work of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and speak to some of the young people from Yorkshire that it has supported.

Dame Kelly Holmes.

Dame Kelly Holmes.

Her organisation supports disadvantaged young people through mentoring programmes led by top athletes and has made major strides in our region over the past year.

Dame Kelly said: “The stats speak for themselves: over 60 per cent of young people who we worked with in the region are now in work, training or education, when they weren’t before.

“Every single one of us has hidden gold in us – it’s just a matter of finding it.”

Programmes run by the trust across Yorkshire have included Get on Track, Unlocking Potential, National Citizens Service and Sporting Champions, and all utilise the mentoring expertise of athletes.

Dame Kelly won the nation’s hearts with her gutsy double Olympic success in the 800m and 1,500m events at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

For further information on the charity visit www.damekellyholmestrust.org.