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We are delighted that Katy Sexton, Steve Frampton and Dr Peter Mills are supporting Off The Record as its patrons, and this year (for the second year in a row), we are Knight and Lee's staff chosen charity.
About to retire from his post at Portsmouth College, Steve Frampton is keen to follow his passion for supporting young people; in a very exciting year for him, he is also taking on the role of President of the Association of Colleges. When asked about his desire to be involved with Off The Record, he said
"I am very honoured to be a new patron for the Off the Record; an incredible organisation that has made a vital difference to young people and their families for over 40 years in our city . Their amazing work, often under-funded and not always fully supported, has been vital to so many. I hope to able offer my full support, and skills, for the benefit of those who most need to access their services in the Portsmouth and Havant area. Their work is exceptional, especially the fantastic people, mainly volunteers, who work tirelessly for those young people who have mental health issues, and who are primary carers. Never have these young people needed organisations like Off the Record more, as I know from my national role as President -elect of the Association of Colleges. I will be contacting my friends in our great city, to see how we can all help the team increase their presence in Portsmouth, through sustainable programmes with pathways, and also a secure physical presence; with a hub and innovative satellite locations to meet young peoples needs more effectively."
We look forward to working closely with him.
In December 2017 we were delighted when Dr Peter Mills, a long serving trustee of Off The Record agreed to become our Honorary Patron.
Katy Sexton, is known to many people for her success in the swimming pool. In 2004 she was awarded an MBE for her swimming achievements.
Katy says 'having been an international athlete for the past 13 years and living and growing up in Portsmouth, it's nice to be able to give something back to my local community, so I am thrilled to be offering my support to Off The Record. Such a fantastic service is provided for all young people in the area, it's great to be able to assist Off The Record in helping ensure this essential service is continued.
Katy was born in Portsmouth and trains locally. She was first selected to swim for Britain in 1997 and became the first British female swimmer to win gold at the 2003 World Championships in the 200 m backstroke. Katy represented Britain at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and has represented England at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, 2002 and 2006.