Nurturing leaders for the benefit of society
The Rank Fellowship is a network of alumni of the Rank Foundation School Leadership Award. The Award was one of the first structured schemes put into place by the charitable trust originally established by Lord Rank. It provides financial support so that young people with outstanding leadership potential are able to complete their education.
Since 1978 over thirteen hundred teenage boys and girls have benefited from financial assistance from the Rank Foundation's School Leadership Award. The Rank Fellowship is open to past and present beneficiaries of the Rank Foundation's Leadership Award (know as "Fellows"). There are also a number of Honorary Fellows. It promotes networking and mutual support among Fellows and encourages them to invest time and effort in voluntary activities, thereby contributing to a better society.
The 2013 Fellowship Review has recently been sent out to UK Fellows, and an electronic version is available to download.
The annual Fellowship Charities Evening was both a celebration and a huge success, attracting 150 people to the Guildhall in Hull. Joey Newton, the Foundation's Chairman, and Jason Chaffer, the Chairman of the Fellowship welcomed everyone, paying tribute to the inspirational charities around the hall and the huge strides made by the Foundation's community initiatives over the past eighteen months. The buzz was superb and all sorts of valuable connections were made. Particular kudos to the Fellows who had travelled so far to be with us, from Exeter, the North of Scotland, London and Manchester, as well as those from the surrounding area. It was a night to remember in the city where Lord Rank was born
The Rank Challenge 2014 was a brilliant success, bringing together people from across the Rank extended family in a day of great endurance and enjoyment. Between dawn and dusk on Saturday 20 September, hardy participants swam across the deepest lake in England, climbed England's highest mountain and cycled forty miles over the highest and steepest passes in the country. There were around thirty people involved as organisers or participants: huge thanks to Martin Solder and the Essex Boys and Girls Clubs for magnificent organisation and support. Neil Jones recorded the lowest overall time for the three events: he is a worthy successor to those who beat the gong before those great Rank films. You can watch a brilliant participant's video in the Did You See box on the right.