Inner Flame celebrates 10th Anniversary with Young Champions evening

By Anita Jaynes on 22 January, 2018

Swindon-based charity, Inner Flame, is celebrating ten years of success this year. Its mission is to help disadvantaged young people (aged 16-25) to achieve their potential.

Inner Flame is working towards a world where every young person recognises their own value, sees their potential and what they can contribute to the world and feels confident to conquer whatever challenges come their way.

The charity is currently running programmes with young people in Swindon and Bath and is the local delivery partner for the Prince’s Trust TEAM programme, a 12-week course to develop essential skills required for employment and life.

To mark Inner Flame’s 10th anniversary on Friday April 20, their annual Young Champions evening is being made extra special with guest speakers Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the self-taught Olympic ski jumper, and Paralympian, Stephanie Millward.

Inner Flame CEO, Gail McKay said: “It’s incredibly important that we take time to recognise the achievements of the young people that we work with. The vast majority of these individuals have had to overcome very unique challenges, so we believe it’s imperative that we have a designated occasion to celebrate their successes. With it additionally being our tenth anniversary, we want to ensure that this event is extra special so as to thank those that have supported us for the past ten years, and to invite people to join us in our work over the next.”

“I cannot wait to attend the Young Champions event in Swindon on April 20th” said Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards. “To have the opportunity to hear such inspirational stories from young people having overcome their own challenges to succeed will be brilliant, and I think it’s a great thing to bring local businesses together to recognise these individuals. My path to the Olympics was anything but simple, so I very much look forward to speaking to the winners about what they have overcome to achieve their goals.”

James Threlfall from Inner Flame added: “We’d like to invite the local business community to join us for an evening of entertainment and inspiration, recognising the amazing young people in our community. With a three-course meal, special guests and live acts, we’re banding together for another year to support our young people have, to celebrate their successes, and to raise money for the charity.”

Throughout the evening, six young people that have participated in Inner Flame courses and have achieved great things will receive awards to recognise their success.

Tables of 10 are available from £500 per table, including a three-course meal complimented by entertainment in the form of live music, virtual reality experiences, a charity auction, quiz and more. Further information can be found at

Smaller businesses or groups can book individual places on a “Business Networking” table. The whole night is being sponsored by Swindon business Dialog Semiconductor.

To enquire and to reserve your table email:

Pictured above: Rob Swindells (Inner Flame trustee) with three of last year’s winners