Bear Grylls opens new £1.5m inspiration centre at John O'Gaunt school

TV star helps unveil centre at student awards ceremony

Chris Ord


Chris Ord

Bear Grylls opens new £1.5m  inspiration centre at John O'Gaunt school

TELEVISION star and survival expert Bear Grylls paid a visit to Hungerford recently to help unveil the John O’Gaunt School’s new £1.5m ‘Bear Grylls Inspiration Centre’.

The host of Running Wild, who was this month seen on TV putting President of the United States Barack Obama through his paces in Alaska, made a Christmas visit to the school to open the centre and also congratulate award-winning students.

The pupils received the awards for their successes including high performance in English, maths and other subjects, as well as for a string of other special achievements.

Grylls said: “It’s a real honour to be part of the launch of the Inspiration Centre.

“It is a privilege to help support bringing excellent education to hundreds of children in Hungerford. I hope this serves to inspire many young people to fulfil their potential and to aim for the stars.”

The new centre contains thousands of books, as well as iPads and TV screens and also large portraits of inspirational figures including Sir Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Deborah Meaden, and President Obama.

Headteacher at John O’Gaunt, Alan Henderson, said: “What a wonderful evening.

“We are so grateful for Bear to spend time congratulating and inspiring our amazing students.

“We want this new new Bear Grylls Inspiration Centre to continue to inspire thousands of students to achieve incredible things and to believe that all things are possible.”

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