Ambassadors

Our fabulous Ambassadors help to raise awareness of our work by attending events to talk about our work and encourage others to get involved in fundraising activity. This is a really important role as it helps us to reach new people, inspire new fundraising activity, and thank our supporters for the work they are doing. We now have 3 Ambassadors.

Jan Wade

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Jan has worked as a PR Consultant in veterinary science for many years. In 2007, she and her husband, Bruce, participated in an Odyssey course, which resulted in Jan’s involvement in fundraising. One of her early fundraising endeavours involved her and Stephen Gough crossing the English Channel in a double kayak!

As well as her personal experience of cancer, she has worked with Penny Brohn Cancer Care and trained as a mentor with Dr Rosy Daniel of Health Creation. She served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years before being appointed as an Ambassador.

Nicky Spinks

Nicky Spinks is an inspirational UK ultra-distance runner, and Yorkshire farmer, who has overcome breast cancer to achieve incredible sporting feats. The 52-year-old inov8 ambassador is the only person to complete double rounds of the UK’s three big 24-hour mountain challenges – the Bob Graham Round (England), Charlie Ramsay Round (Scotland) and Paddy Buckley Round (Wales).
She won the women’s race at the 2018 Ultra Tour Monte Rosa. She has also taken part in the iconic Barkley Marathons – the world’s toughest ultra-distance race.

Through her running, Nicky has raised more than £21,000 for Odyssey, a charity which is close to her heart. In 2018 she was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Nick Ray

Nick hails from Zimbabwe and has made Scotland his home. Like so many other members of the Odyssey staff team, he was influenced by the ethos and practice of Outward Bound. Since those days (now 35 years ago), he continues to live a life filled with adventure and a deep connection to nature, landscape and place. Nick lives with a continual struggle against treatment resistant depression, an illness which can hit him any time. He realises his connection to the outdoors is how he makes meaning of his life and to put his illness into perspective. He is deeply proud to be associated with Odyssey whose philosophy and practice mirror his understanding of the inspirational majesty and restorative power of wildness and adventure.

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“My Odyssey journey was amazing … I felt really great at the end of the week and feel so much better spiritually and mentally.”
Brenda Channing
“For me, Odyssey was like opening the wardrobe door to Narnia, I came back to the real world knowing there is a little bit of magic somewhere!”
Mandy Meeks
“Most of all, Odyssey helped me to make the most of every day without worrying about tomorrow.”
Sandi Burrows
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Odyssey Project is a registered charity (1045259) and company limited by guarantee (03031503).

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