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We adhere to the Fundraising Regulator Standards. The Fundraising Regulator is an independent, non statutory body that regulates fundraising across the charitable sector in England, Wales, & Northern Ireland. They work in partnership with other regulators and represent bodies in the charitable and fundraising sectors to build public confidence and ensure consistent fundraising standards across the UK.






“Having worked in fundraising and the charity sector for over 30 years, I have had the privilege of meeting many extraordinary people and Phil, who founded The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), is one of the most inspirational leaders I have met. Notwithstanding his unique experience that spans the disability, charity, mental health, education, sport and military/veteran sectors, Phil consistently delivers inspiring and life changing opportunities for young people. His determination to ensure that they have the help and support that they need to overcome their physical and mental challenges is at the heart of BRIT. He has underpinned this vision by securing powerful strategic collaborations and partnerships to increase the impact of what the charity can achieve.  


The BRIT ethos is to minimise overheads and reduce operational costs. Phil has achieved this through his dedicated leadership (always unpaid). He has inspired corporations and businesses to gift their professional services that equate to hundreds of thousands of pounds.  He has also inspired a wealth of volunteers to help deliver BRIT events. 


BRIT’s future success now needs the security of annual long-term income to provide a sustainable base that will allow for some capacity building and cover its lean operational costs. The charity relies on voluntary income to deliver the mission. Support through gifted professional services, sponsorship and donations will further enable the delivery of mental health and fitness challenges to both raise vital funds for BRIT’s partner charities and support young adult mental health throughout the UK”.


Liz Haigh-Reeve MInstF

Founder and CEO of Fundraising Works




Donations are vital. Since its inception, BRIT has operated as a lean charity and strived to ensure overheads are kept to a minimum. We currently do not employ any staff and rely on volunteers and external professional support.  To maximise our impact, we do need to fund professional support to ensure our BRIT Challenges are successful.  This includes areas of governance and coordination; integral to our charity's survival.




Corporate Sponsorship would enable us to secure an annual longterm income for our capacity building. We aim to reach young adults throughout the UK; an estimated 5million students. This requires funding the coordination of our communication strategy, branding, and outreach across Social Media including the management of the British Sporting Icons joining us as BRIT Ambassadors. 


Gifted Services 

BRIT has secured gifted professional services and support from businesses across the UK amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds.  This has included secondments and gifted Offices, Banking, Governance, Accountancy, IT, Vehicle, Travel, Accommodation, Insurance, Websites, Branding, Comms, Clothing and Marketing Space in National, Regional and Social Media. All these opportunities are available for businesses to support for each of our annual Challenges.


Funding and gifted professional services from Philanthropists, Corporations and Businesses has an extraordinary impact on enabling BRIT to continue supporting young adult mental health in the UK at a time when young adults need us more than ever.

Students in Higher Education in the UK.

*Universities UK 2018/19.



Students in Further Education in England.

*Association of Colleges




Students in Further 

Education in Scotland.

*Colleges Scotland

Key Facts 2020.



Students in Further 

Education in Wales.

*Government Wales



Students in Further Education in NI.


*Department for the Economy (DfE)




Our collectively powerful approach to supporting young adult mental health in the UK is underpinned by special relationships and partnerships with individuals and organisations who gift their advice, guidance and time to shape our strategy and enable us to deliver our annual BRIT Challenges.  


We are sincerely grateful for this invaluable gifted support from across the Charity, Education, Sport and Business communities.  The British Inspiration Trust saves hundreds of thousands of pounds every year in staff costs and funding external professional services due to the kindness and generosity of our friends and advisors.


Listed below, and grouped in specific areas of our strategy, are just a few of the many supporters who have made our work possible; 






Adam Reynolds

Chloe Swycher

Alex Burton

Helene Raynsford

Liz Haigh-Reeve

Kate Bosomworth

Hamish Elvidge

James Murray

John de Pury

Kevin Mattheson

Mike Peckham

Louise de Silva

Rory Quirke

Elizabeth Barrett

Professor Sir Simon Wessely





Professor Peter Fonagy OBE






Paul Jenkins OBE

Chair, British Inspiration Trust

Trustee, British Inspiration Trust

Trustee, British Inspiration Trust

Strategic Advisor - Paralympian

Strategic Advisor - Fundraising

Strategic Advisor - Former BRIT Trustee - Comms

Strategic Advisor - Chair, Matthew Elvidge Trust

Strategic Advisor - Suicide Prevention

Strategic Advisor - Universities UK

Strategic Advisor - CEO, Over The Wall

Strategic Advisor - Former BRIT Trustee - Strategy

Project Branding, Design and Coordination

Website Design and Support

Branding Support


President of the Royal Society of Medicine (2017 - 2020)

President of the Royal Society of Psychiatrists

Chair of the government's Independent Review of the Mental Health Act


Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London

Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

National Clinical Advisor on Children's Mental Health, NHS England


Chair of the Mental Health Network Board at the NHS Confederation​​


Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL


Professor Nick Webborn OBE


Scott Field

Sarah Treseder OBE

Ben Hawes​

Helene Raysford

Joanne Moss


Stewart Harris


Kim Atkinson

Sarah Powell

Victoria Ward

Mark Elliott

Chair, British Olympic Association


Chair, British Paralympic Association

Director of Communications, British Olympic Association                                               

Chief Executive, Royal Yachting Association

Chair, British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission

Chair, British Paralympic Association Athletes’ Commission

Sport England

Chief Executive, Sport Scotland

Chief Executive, Scottish Sports Association

Chief Executive, Sport Wales

Chief Executive, Welsh Sports Association

Help for Heroes


Rosie Tressler OBE


Jed Flynn


​Clare Stafford   

Emily Bright

Lady Waller

Elina Nesimioglu

Hazel Russell


Kate Mitchell

Fay Dixon


Tor Hornby

Rachel Ellis

Chief Executive - Student Minds

Chief Executive, PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide

Chief Executive - Charlie Waller Trust


Chair - Nightline

Charlie Waller Trust

Charlie Waller Trust

Head of Fundraising, PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide

Student Minds

Student Minds


Mental Health Innovations




Professor Paul Layzell DL

Professor Graham Baldwin

Professor Ian G Campbell

Professor Jane Harrington

Professor Jane Longmore

Professor Dame Janet Beer DBE

Professor Julie Mennell

Professor Nick Braisby

Professor Nishan Canagarajah

Professor Paul Croney

Professor Sally Mapstone

Professor Shirley Congdon

Professor David Richardson

Professor Kathryn Mitchell

Shelagh Legrave OBE DL 

Dr Michael Hipkins

Dr Robin Kirby


Professor Paul Morgan

Tamsin Grainger

Fiona Grant


Steven Baddeley

Dr Adrain Ibbetson

Ivan Whitfield

Rachel Adams

Rob Hickey

Principal, Royal Holloway, University of London

Vice Chancellor University of Central Lancashire

Vice Chancellor Liverpool John Moores University

Vice Chancellor University of Greenwich

Vice Chancellor Chichester University

Vice Chancellor University of Liverpool

Vice Chancellor University of Cumbria

Vice Chancellor Buckinghamshire New University

Vice Chancellor University of Leicester

Vice Chancellor Teesside University

Vice Chancellor University of St Andrews

Vice Chancellor University of Bradford

Vice Chancellor University of East Anglia

Vice Chancellor University of Derby

Chief Executive, Chichester College Group

Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor

Buckinghamshire New University

Strategic Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor, Falmouth University

Head of School Buckinghamshire New University

President BUCKS Students' Union

Head of Academic Affairs, West Highland College, University of The Highlands and Islands

Director of Sport, University of Bath

Director of Sport, University of Central Lancashire

Director of Sport, University of Sunderland

Director of Human Resources, Keele University

Chief Operating Officer, York St John University


Michael Queen

Chris Sayer

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE

Alistair Jarvis

Professor Steve West OBE DL



David Hughes

Stuart Rimmer


Simmone Ahiaku


Vince Mayne

Shona Struthers

Iestyn Davies


Stew Fowlie

John Bloomfield

Chair, Committee of University Chairs

Former Chair, Committee of University Chairs

President, Universities UK

Chief Executive, Universities UK

Vice-Chancellor & President UWE Bristol and Chair of Universities UK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group


Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

Principal of East Coast College and Chair of the Association of Colleges Mental Health Policy Group


Head of Policy and Campaigns, National Union of Students

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)

Chief Executive, Colleges Scotland

Chief Executive, ColegauCymru

COO, Scottish Student Sport

Executive Director, AMOSSHE - The Student Services Organisation


There are many ways that Philanthropists, Corporations and Businesses can help us to have an extraordinary impact on young adult mental health. With funding, sponsorship and gifted professional services, we aim to reduce isolation and promote mental fitness by;


  • Uniting the HE and FE Sector through a UK-wide inclusive BRIT Challenge

  • Delivering inspiration through our BRIT Ambassadors

  • Raising funds for our Mental Health Charity Partners

By securing funding and resources, we would be reach the 450 HE and FE institutions in the UK and improving the physical and mental health of every student taking part. 



Our collectively powerful approach, with support from our Education, Sport and Charity Partners to promote and champion our events, ensures that universities and colleges in the UK have the ability and flexibility to embrace our annual BRIT Challenges in order to further improve their students' mental health and fitness.

Our annual events provide fundraising opportunities for students to further enable our partner mental health charities to provide vital mental health services to all young adults in the UK who need their support. 

Donating to or sponsoring the British Inspiration Trust will help enable us to improve young adult mental health and fitness in the UK through our annual BRIT Challenges.    


 Donations and sponsors fund our operational costs and enable our BRIT Challenges to engage students in every university and college in the UK.  Through the relationships we continue to build with universities, colleges and student unions, together we will encourage the millions of students and staff in the UK to take part in our annual BRIT Challenge.

We hope that donors, philanthropists, businesses and corporations see the potential UK-wide impact we can have on raising funds for our partner mental health charities and improving young adult mental health and fitness; both of which are vitally important during the COVID-19 pandemic in the short, medium and long-term.


Together, we have the ability to be collectively powerful.


BRIT Advisors - Permission Granted - Ben

"BRIT’s determination to support and improve young adult mental health in the UK through their BRIT 2021 Challenge reminds me that we are all afloat on this sea of mental health, our team safety reliant on 3 skills:


Recognising the signs of distress – in others, or when unhelpful thoughts bring us down;


Being open - discussing our pain and getting help;


Giving hope - to others as well as embracing hope ourselves.


By embracing the BRIT 2021 Challenge, every UK university, college and student union can provide the opportunity for their students and staff to participate and encourage friends to unite with them, as a team, to improve their mental health and fitness.  


This is also a fantastic way to raise vital funds for mental health charities who support the young adults and students who need them.


Every student and staff member taking part in the BRIT 2021 Challenge, and all those who either fundraise or donate, will be giving hope to others."  


James Murray, who lost his son Ben to suicide.