Meet our Patrons: Alastair Waite

Why do you support the Foundation?

To give something back. I’ve been very lucky in life, while other people are less fortunate, so it’s the right thing to do. I make donations to some national charities too, but I don’t really know how that money is being spent. The fact that the Philanthropic Foundation is local and the money is staying here in TS postcodes means we can see the results of our endeavours.


Which of our fundraising events has been your favourite?

I’ve got to name two. I took part in the first CEO Sleepout that the Foundation organised at the Riverside Stadium. Spending one night under the stars isn’t sufficient to understand the hardships that homeless people go through but it is a bit of a wakeup call. I love walking so I really enjoyed the Three Peaks Challenge last year, especially as it fell on my birthday. I have my own fast walking pace so I left my friends behind, but I have to say the last peak was bloody tough!


Which cause are you most proud that we’ve supported?

I think the one that really pulled at my heart-strings was the email several of us recently received from a lady who had spent a few days at our new caravan, through our work wth Grandparents Plus. It was such a heart-warming email to receive and reminded me why we do what we do.


Tell us something your fellow Foundation supporters might not know about you personally?

I was a punk in the late 1970s. I used to put sugar and water in my hair to make it stick it up. I loved the Sex Pistols, The Damned, Angelic Upstarts and Sham 69 but probably my favourites were The Clash.

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