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NSPCC challenge: First The Apprentice winner on helping young people

20:00 24 September 2015

Tim Campbell,  who won the first series of BBC reality TV show The Apprentice in 2005, running the 2010 London Marathon for the NSPCC. Picture: Nigel Farrow

Tim Campbell, who won the first series of BBC reality TV show The Apprentice in 2005, running the 2010 London Marathon for the NSPCC. Picture: Nigel Farrow

(C) 2010 National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Fans of The Apprentice may remember the popular show’s first ever winner, Tim Campbell, who shot to fame and a £100,000 contract with the simple line: “you’re hired”.

Tim Campbell holds his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal. Picture: Yui Mok/ PA ImagesTim Campbell holds his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal. Picture: Yui Mok/ PA Images

In the ten years since becoming Lord Sugar’s television protégé, the self-made entrepreneur has not only continued to excel professionally but has become a champion for young people.

Not least in his role as a patron of children’s charity the NSPCC, for whom he has run two London Marathons and continues to be a prominent and very public supporter.

“At the heart of everything I have decided to do post The Apprentice has always been young people in one shape or form,” said Tim, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust that helps young entrepreneurs realise their business ideas.

“After the show I wanted to start a tradition that if we have got the platform, we should do good with it.”

It’s no surprise then to learn that despite a broken toe, the 38-year-old is still eager to take part in the charity’s latest fundraising project, the 60 Minute Challenge, supported by this paper as media partner.

The challenge is a simple one, asking participants to see how far can they run around the cycling road circuit at the Lee Valley Velopark in just one hour.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity to have fun, get fit and do good for an amazing charity that helps young people all across the country,” said Tim, who received his unfortunate injury in training for a Thai Boxing match.

“I’m hoping I will be able to take part, if I don’t stub it or it doesn’t get any worse,” he added. “I’m still a bit tender just walking around. Fingers crossed. At the very least I will be able to walk a couple of steps in 60 minutes.

Find out more about the run, taking place on Sunday, October 4, by clicking here.

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