It can take just one person – or one search – to change the course of a young person’s life

dame kelly holmes trust

Every child needs a hero.

Who did you look up to when you were growing up?

Chances are, you had a support network around you; encouraging you to follow your dreams and pursue your ambitions.

But too many young people do not have this kind of support and subsequently lack confidence and self-esteem. For many, their dreams are just dreams.

We want to help change this.

In August, we joined the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust at a sports day held in Mile End, East London. We ‘impressed’ with our skills in Judo, High Jump and Boxing (OK, perhaps we weren’t experts but we certainly had fun), and most importantly, we spent time with world class athletes and disadvantaged young people. Throughout the day we really began to understand how the work of the Trust helps to engage, enable and empower young people to succeed with the help of inspirational athletes.

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

We learned that there are currently around one million 16 to 25 year old’s not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the UK. Why? Because many have had challenging upbringings with no role models; some are homeless; some are carers; some have health problems; and most have struggled to find work or stay in education for one reason or another.

But the roughest roads can often lead to the top.

Dame Kelly Holmes herself grew up in a council estate in Kent with her single mum. She found school difficult and wasn’t sure of her calling in life; that is, until her PE teacher spotted her talent for running and encouraged her to work hard and believe in herself.

Holmes has since secured her place in history by becoming the first British female athlete to win both the 800m and 1500m in the 2004 Olympic Games; a truly inspirational story that proves that talent doesn’t discriminate and anything is possible for anyone – you simply need to believe in yourself and want it enough.


Since the Trust was founded in 2008, they’ve helped inspire and motivate over 200,000 young people across the country – and that’s no mean feat.

What’s next?

We want to help the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust help more disadvantaged young people to be the best that they can be, and we want to get more Olympians, Paralympian’s and world champions on board as mentors to help support them.

So we’ve partnered with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust on an exciting new fundraising venture to do just that.

Savoo is leading the way with a brand new method of charitable giving – a fundraising platform we’re calling ‘Savoo Search, Save and Raise’ . Essentially, we’ve launched our very own search engine (produced in collaboration with Bing) that donates 1p of Savoo’s money to the users’ chosen charity with every search conducted.

And in addition to this, we will continue to offer online shoppers great voucher codes and deals with popular retailers BUT now, Savoo will donate up to 50% of our commission to the users (online shoppers) chosen charity.

We want more users to select the Savoo search engine and choose Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as their chosen charity because we think this is a pretty simple but innovative way of supporting the next generation of innovators.

Get behind our cause and lets help the Trust change another young person’s life today.

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