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Apprentice winner inspires homeless people in East London

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Apprentice winner inspires homeless people in East London

21st September 2012
Tim Campbell MBE, an English businessman best known as the winner of the first series of The Apprentice, visited East London homelessness charity Anchor House this week, in an effort to inspire the residents to fulfil their dreams.

Tim, 35, was born in Plaistow - just down the road from the charity in Canning Town in Newham, the most deprived ward in the third most deprived borough in the country. He visited 55 homeless residents in Anchor House to speak to them about the journey he has travelled to get where he is, and motivating them with the statement that “everyone in this room can make it happen.”

He spoke to them about setting achievable, realistic and measurable targets in order to reach their goals, with tips on attitude, self-belief, and saving money saying "to save money you need to print a picture of what you want, visualise it and make it happen."

"Things are only achieved with a very clear focus to measure against." 

Anchor House provide a wide range of accredited vocational training courses for both residents and the local unemployed. Tim encouraged the residents to embrace the services offered and to act in order to achieve, saying that "Everything happens for a reason. You have a choice and that’s to act and change."

Since winning The Apprentice, Tim has gone on to found 'Bright Ideas Trust', a charitable social enterprise which encourages young budding entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds to start business ventures. He was awarded an MBE in February 2012 for his efforts to encourage enterprise.

Speaking about the evening, Femi – who is a resident, and also employed at Anchor House - said, “I have a new definition of entrepreneur now, as someone who is ready to take a risk.”

Bruk, who has been living at Anchor House for three months, said “speaking to Tim was inspirational, and motivational. He was very humble and it was a privilege to meet him.” 

“Meeting the residents was my pleasure. They made a huge impact on me! We all must help where we can”, said Tim.

Resident Chishala ended the evening with the question: “Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” 

To which Tim responded, “As long as I’m happy and alive, that’s enough.”


Jazmine Sandison
Marketing and Communications
Anchor House 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB
Phone: 020 7476 6062


Anchor House (registered charity name The London Inter-Diocesan Apostleship of the Sea; charity number 253669) is an award-winning residential and life skills centre based in Canning Town, situated in the London Borough of Newham, the third most deprived borough in the country. Anchor House supports up to 220 people a year by providing them with a stable and safe environment, helping them to develop aspirations, confidence and self-esteem and enabling them to move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives.

Residents sign an out of homelessness contract and the root causes of homelessness are addressed through training, education and personal rehabilitation. The £9.3m Home and Hope Appeal has been launched to ensure the charity’s lasting legacy continues and by 2013, Anchor House will provide top quality accommodation, training and personal development to give its residents the best chance to find a job and a home. Anchor House’s patrons include Barry McGuigan MBE, Jeremy Paxman, The Most Revd Vincent Nicholls, Archbishop of Westminster, The Rt Hon Anne Widdecombe PC and Barbara Windsor MBE.


Tim Campbell and Anchor House staff member

 Tim Campbell MBE, with member of staff Elisabete Dumbia, at Anchor House