Thanks to Theo’s profile in the media and his success in business he counts himself lucky that he is in unique position to help the projects and causes that he is passionate about.
Theo hopes that you enjoy reading about the projects that are particularly close to his heart as your read on.
Theo has been a Director of Comic Relief for over four years and since 2009 Ryman have proudly been a key contributor to the Comic Relief and Sport Relief cause.
Theo has personally visited projects funded by Comic Relief in both Africa in the UK and continues to be driven by the fantastic work that they carry out. In 2013 Robert Dyas joined the cause and over the years Ryman and Robert Dyas have arranged some great, and often wacky, events and fundraisers. From the store colleagues right up to the Board of Directors everyone has joined in to raise over £3,000,000 to date!
In 2014 Theo appeared on the BBC’s Famous, Rich and Hungry as part of Sport Relief’s season of programming to highlight how for millions of people in Britain, going hungry is a very real issue. Theo put his life on hold to live with families who couldn’t afford to eat and had just 76p to spend per person per day on food.
Theo is extremely passionate about skills and apprenticeships and has served as Patron of the Skills Show for the last four years. The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event held every November at the Birmingham NEC that helps to shape the future of a new generation. Delivered in partnership with the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service, the Skills Show raises awareness of the importance of vocational skills and careers. Around 100,000 visitors attend each year including students of all ages, parents, teachers and employers. The Skills Show is a vital tool to show young people that there are viable and successful alternatives to University out there – they just need to know about them!
At the event you can have a go at a huge range of skills, speak to potential employers and receive careers advice from the professionals.
The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge is the UK’s largest school enterprise day and Ryman Stationery have been proud sponsors of the challenge since 2014. It is a nationwide competition with the aim of finding Britain’s next generation of budding entrepreneurs. Over 60,000 young people from more than 200 schools have already taken part.
The challenges are tailor made ‘real life’ business challenges, encompassing everything from Research & Development, Sales & Marketing to Accounting, Budgeting and Financial Planning. Ryman Stationery play an integral part in developing the challenges and the Ryman NEC is available to all secondary schools in the UK and is divided into two age categories, KS3 and KS4.
Theo is the ambassador of the Ryman NEC and is thrilled to be involved in such an exciting initiative. Theo personally attends the annual finals day to pick the winning team each summer.
Theo has spearheaded the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Many Hands Campaign since the launch of the first campaign in 2008 and is a cause which is extremely close to his heart. The campaign encourages North West businesses to support the charity by signing up to manageable fundraising targets, as Many Hands make light work!
This year the Many Hands campaign is aiming to raise £50,000 toward the charity Helipad Appeal which will enable the creation of a brand new 24 hour access primary helicopter landing site, the first of its kind in central Manchester. If 50 local companies pledge to raise just £1,000, the target will be reached.
The Paphitis Charitable Trust distributes Theo’s fees from TV appearances, speeches and his book to causes close to his heart, especially children’s charities. Funds received are then distributed by a panel of trustees to a variety of registered charities.
The Paphitis Charitable Trust typically assists smaller UK charities that have difficulty in gaining funds from other organisations. Recipients range from charities helping children to hospices providing childrens’ palliative care.
If you would like to contact the Trust please email [email protected]