Accomplish's Patrons


Accomplish is delighted to be supported by wonderful patrons.

Harry Gration, MBE

Accomplish is thrilled to have broadcaster Harry Gration MBE as a Patron. 


Harry presents BBC Look North for the Yorkshire region and has been a regular reporter and commentator for the BBC's Olympic and Commonwealth Games coverage.  Harry has reported on virtually every major sport and has won two Royal Television Society Awards for his sports documentaries. He has kindly written a few words to introduce himself:


“It’s lovely to be involved with Accomplish Children’s Trust. 


I have been a broadcaster since 1972 really.  I trained as a teacher of History and taught whilst I was trying to get a full-time job in Radio.  This I achieved in 1978 when I took up a three-month contract with Radio Leeds and gave up my job of Head of History for this gamble.  It paid off.  I moved to Look North in 1982, worked for network and ended up going to nine Olympic Games. I moved YP South Today based in Southampton for four years, before coming back to Look North in 1999.


I was awarded the MBE in December 2013 for services to broadcasting.  It was a wonderful day for my family.


I love my church*, its community and its status in the city.”


*Harry attends St Edward the Confessor Church in York, along with Trustee Sue Baldock and Patron Rev. John Young.


Canon John Young

Accomplish benefits greatly from the patronage and guidance of  Canon John Young.

John is married to Isabel with two daughters and four grandchildren. John has worked for two Archbishops of York, and was for many years a member of General Synod. Today he is a Canon Emeritus of York Minster. He has preached in many of the great cathedrals of England, and you may also have heard him on BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 and the World Service.


John has also written over 30 books and booklets, with sales of more than half a million copies. Titles include “Christianity – An Introduction” and “Lord … Help My Unbelief”. In the latter publication, John includes a piece on Accomplish Founder Rebecca Cornish’s work in Uganda.


Of Accomplish, John says: “I was delighted to be invited to become a Patron of Accomplish. I think it’s a wonderful initiative, based on Christian commitment. Truly inspiring”.

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