meet our Patron

Stephen Miller MBE

Stephen is a professional athlete born with Cerebral Palsy and has been representing Great Britain for over 20 years in the Paralympic field athletics, F32 Club Throw event. Stephen’s extensive medal collection includes 9 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze from competing during the Paralympic games, World Champions and European Championships.

Stephen has been awarded several honors over the years, the latest of which was receiving an MBE for services to sport in the 2016 New Year honors list. Stephen is an inspiration to all, proving to everyone that with hard work and endless determination anything is possible and your goals and aspirations can be achieved.

Aside from his highly successful sports career Stephen and his wife Rachel set up a sports CIC, SMILE Through Sport in 2013 with the aim to inspire, educate and promote enjoyment of disability sport. Daybreak have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in sports activities ran by SMILE Through Sport, thus enabling our relationship to grow into a strong, supportive partnership.

Stephen has been a Patron with Daybreak for over a year now with his first act as Patron opening our new Hub in Cowgate back in September 2015. Upon opening the hub Stephen said “It’s been a great honor to be asked to open the new Daybreak Hub. I was approached a while ago by Christine asking to get involved. As soon as I visited Daybreak I knew I wanted to get involved with the Hub, it’s a great place, they are doing a great job”.

Stephen Miller "I have been involved with Daybreak for over a year now and it has been a pleasure to work with the staff and members. The Hubs always have a great buzz and are so welcoming when i come to visit"

Mary Curran Daybreak Chief Executive "We are delighted that Stephen Miller is our patron. As a renowned Paralympian and Member of The British Empire, Stephen is the epitome of everything positive and possible for people with disabilities. Stephen has achieved far more than his impressive collection of Olympic medals, he has inspired many people to take up sport through his own charity, Smile Through Sport and has been a great ambassador for Daybreak, raising our profile across the region. We hope to continue our partnership for many years to come"

Christine Martin – Montagu Hub Manager

“After I met Stephen at a conference and witnessed the amazing impact he had when delivering his speech around disability issues, his vision to achieve great things in the Sporting Arena his determination that led to him becoming a true champion and role model despite all odds. I was thrilled when he accepted the invitation to visit our Montagu Hub and when we saw the interest he showed in all our people and the understanding of our charitable aims we knew we had found our next Patron”.