Amazing Starts Here

Amazing Starts Here

If you could turn a dream into reality, what world-changing cause would YOU champion? Join TV presenter and Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek as she travels the UK for Season 2 of 'Amazing Stars Here' to discover inspiring stories from ordinary people and projects who do extraordinary things in their community with a little help from The National Lottery. From Paralympian and 'Dancing on Ice' star, Libby Clegg's secrets to success, to singing mums being prescribed on the NHS, as sustainable fashion project growing jeans and more. Be inspired - follow to catch every episode. Amazing Starts Here is brought to you by National Lottery players, who raise £30 million each week for good causes across the UK. For more information about projects that help ordinary people, visit: A Listen production for The National Lottery. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


November 8, 2023 22 mins

Homework, football boots, glucagon kit. For football-mad 14-year-old Lochlan Murdoch between school and training, managing Type 1 Diabetes has been a job 10 years in the making. However, after a devastating injury on the pitch, Lochlan was motivated and inspired to educate those around him on both the physical and mental impact of having diabetes at a young age - and the impact he would have would be well beyond his expectations.

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Work pressure, isolation and stigma: the challenges facing the UK's farmers can be familiar, but as We Are Farming Minds, the Hertfordshire-based mental health charity demonstrates, these factors can be heightened for farmers, by their unique careers and remote lives. 


In this episode of Amazing Starts Here, Sam Quek catches up with Sam and Emily Stables from the National Lottery funded We Are Farming ...

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How do you give surfing a rebrand? When Wave Wahines founder, Yvette Curtis’ child wanted to pursue their surfing ambitions, it opened Yvette’s eyes to the gender, class, ability and even language barriers to entry. 


But, as a sports enthusiast, she wasn’t going to standby, instead she jumped on board, ready to ride the wave of change. 


From the experiences of the young Wahines themselves, to seriously uncompeti...

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In a climate of increasing awareness of fast-fashion and rising eco-anxiety globally, a pioneering textile artisan has the seeds for solution.

Justine Aldersey-Williams’ vision is as creative as it is revolutionary. Drawing inspiration from Lancashire's rich industrial heritage, Justine has used agroecological principles with native fibre and dye crops to grow her own jeans.

In this episode of Amazing Starts Here, Sam Quek he...

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When you achieve your biggest ambition, what's next?

For gold-medal Paralympian, Libby Clegg this moment of pure accomplishment left her numb. But eventually it became was a turning point, one that led her to explore new avenues, take on new sports and reconnect with the parts of athletics that she had grown up relying on through thick and thin.

In this episode, Olympian Sam Quek joins Libby at her training centre to find out...

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Hidden in a community hall in West Sussex, Singing Mamas is the unique choir with an eye-opening mission.

There's no auditions and you won't hear a solo, instead this musical group is singing to the tune of finding connection with other mums. The group is one of many around the globe, that through sound has proved itself as new-mum hack for de-stressing, improving mood and finding likeminded people.

In this episode, Sam Quek ...

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How can a cup of coffee change someone’s life?

Café 16 in Newcastle might look like an ordinary café, but it’s impact is truly life-changing. Part of The Oswin Project and staffed by prison leavers, the cafe offers mentorship, training and employment to help reduce reoffending and empowers those with a criminal record to make different choices.


In this episode, Sam Quek meets the inspirational Fiona Sample, leading min...

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What's it like going from being at the top of your sporting game and prepping for your A-Levels... to being bed bound with multiple injuries?


For Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallist and Paris 2024 front-runner, Alex Yee, it was a light-bulb moment that led him to push the limits of human potential, leaving a trail of inspiration in his wake.


In this episode, Alex sits down with fellow Olympian and Amazing Starts Here host, ...

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Why is a group of singing mums being prescribed on the NHS? Can we “grow jeans” to make fashion more sustainable? And how do we give people leaving prison a second chance to rejoin society?


Discover the answers to these curious questions and more in the brand-new series of Amazing Starts Here, with TV presenter and Olympic gold medallist, Sam Quek. 


Join Sam on a remarkable journey across the UK as she discovers the ...

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Superheroes don’t usually get to pick their missions, but The National Memorial Arboretum (an organisation which has received National Lottery funding) did. It’s on a mission to remember the lives lost during the pandemic in the same way we remember war heroes today. Amber Rose-Gill tells the origin story of the nation’s place for remembrance and its new goal.

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Former Lottery funded Elite Athlete Eilidh Gibson fights for women and girls to experience the same life changing magic of sports as their male counterparts via her charity. Amber Rose-Gill tells the origin story of how Eilidh set up Slalom Inspires in the midst of dealing with an injury that held her back from her Olympic dreams. 

For bonus content on the National Lottery funded projects featured in the podcast head here: https://w...

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Superman fights for truth, justice and a better tomorrow, and former Elite Athlete Eilidh Gibson fights for women and girls to experience the same life changing magic of sports as their male counterparts. Amber Rose-Gill tells the story of Slalom Inspires, a charity that breaks down barriers for women in sport.

For bonus content on the National Lottery funded projects featured in the podcast head here: https://www.lotterygoodcauses....

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Superheroes like Captain America, Wonder Woman and the Skylark IX all played their part in World War II. The Skylark IX Recovery Trust (a National Lottery funded charity) keeps her story alive whilst helping those recovering from addictions. Amber Rose Gill tells the story of a little Dunkirk ship that’s become a symbol of recovery and resilience for communities in Dunbarton. 

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Your fave superheroes always find a way to uncover truths, but what about hidden histories? Kiran Sahota lays bare untold stories of British South Asian history via Believe In Me, a National Lottery funded charity. Amber Rose-Gill tells the story of a woman on a mission to change the narrative when it comes to South Asian history, uncovering a past that mainstream education has ignored. 

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June 28, 2022 48 mins

Every superhero needs their own theme music, but Ben Buddy Slack creates songs that act as goodbyes for people at the end of their lives or preserve memories for those who are grieving someone they have lost. Your favourite Love Island winner Amber Rose-Gill tells the origin story of a songwriter determined to reframe grief via The Swan Song Project, a National Lottery funded charity that’s helping people celebrate lives and leave ...

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June 21, 2022 48 mins

Not all superheroes wear capes. They might wear a hijab, like Mariama Sanneh, or they might use their voice to speak out about injustice like Amaal Ali. Amber Rose-Gill tells you the origin story of young activists from Integrate UK, a National Lottery funded charity, that are creating a better tomorrow for the rest of us by speaking out about female genital mutilation, racism and more.

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June 6, 2022 42 secs

We all love a superhero origin story, but what about the crusaders out there that aren't from comic books or movies? 

Welcome to Amazing Starts Here, where your favourite Love Island winner Amber Rose-Gill will take you through a real-life superhero story, empowered by The National Lottery, one episode at a time. 

We can confirm that none of these stories include being bitten by a radioactive spider.

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