Paralympian to give inspirational talk at Grantham school

Jodie and Sam Ruddock.
Jodie and Sam Ruddock.
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A sports ambassador who is just 15 years old has arranged for a Paralympic athlete to visit her school in an event which is open to all.

Jodie Jackson is a pupil of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School and also a silver ambassador for Grantham-based sports charity Inspire+.

She has set up an inspirational talk by Team GB Paralympian Sam Ruddock (both pictured above) at KGGS on May 23.

Another aim behind the event is for Jodie to raise funds for an expedition. She explained: “I have organised this speaker event not only to inspire other young children to partake in sport and to be the best they can be, but to also try and raise funds for a humanitarian expedition I have been selected for. I am part of a 16-strong team and we will be heading for the Himalayas.

“We are going to a village in the Spiti Valley with severe food supply problems.

“ The aim is to build the villagers a concrete “greenhouse” to enable them to grow their own food. This expeditions needs to be funded by each of us at £3,300 per person and all the proceeds for this speaker event will help towards me making a difference in many people’s lives.”

Tickets to the talk are £5, available by ringing 01476 578137 or via email at