Coram, Life Education Bristol – Ian Beattie

I moved to Bristol in 1982, where I worked as a technical manager for Unilever in its cosmetics division. In 1997 I became a founder member of the Life Education Centre. We “help children in primary schools make healthy choices” by the visit once a year of specially staffed and equipped mobile classroom which this year has visited 66 primary schools in Greater Bristol and helped 15,000 children with Personal Social Health Education (PSHE).

Some background…

What does Coram, Life Education Bristol do?
We provide a mobile high-tech classroom, plus trainer and educators for primary schools linking with personal social health education – “helping children make healthy choices”.

What is your background?
I was born in County Antrim, moved to Bristol in 1982 where I worked as a technical manager for chemical giants Unilever in its cosmetics division.

How did you first get involved in Charity work?
I first got involved in community work as Chairman of Sneyd Park Residents’ Association in Bristol and through this, with colleagues,  helped restore a 1938 wooden bus shelter on Clifton Downs and rebuild an ancient stone wall along half mile Mariner’s Path. Joining Bristol Rotary Club in 1990 I helped recruit 100 marshals for the International Festival of the Sea in 1996 and later, as District Governor in 2002/2003, hearing about the deaths of 2 Rotarians from Prostate Cancer, offered Rotary’s services to the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead . This resulted in the annual 5km Run for the Future on Bristol Downs which since 2006 has raised £280,000 for research into Prostate Cancer in Bristol’s 2 Universities and helped build the profile of that Centre of Excellence.

How did you become a part of Coram, Life Education Bristol?
In 1997 I was a founder member of the Coram, Life Education Centre with a grant from the John James Foundation in 2002 we expanded the service and now visit 66 primary schools and around 15,000 children a year.

We hear you’ve been nominated for some awards?
In 2009 I was nominated for one of four centenary honorary degrees which were being offered by Bristol University to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its opening.

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Client Life Education Bristol Ian

We hear you’ve been nominated for some awards? In 2009 I was nominated for one of four centenary honorary degrees which were being offered by Bristol University to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its opening.