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Steve Hill MBE

Steve Hill MBE

Dream Big - Aim High and Never Give Up!

Steve has been teaching now for 22 years and been Deputy Head and Year 6 Teacher at St. Joseph’s RC Primary School for 14 years. He feels very privileged to be in the teaching profession and still gets the same buzz each and every day! To be in a position where he can do his very best to inspire, instil confidence and help to enable the children to develop themselves both academically and physically and to go on with confidence and hopefully achieve to their full potential is something very special indeed and this is what he strives to do each and every day!

Steve has a motto within his classroom of “Work Hard - Play Hard” and this applies across both the academic and sporting activities and other outdoor and adventurous activities that he provides for the children, both within his class and across the school. He tries to make every child feel special and motivated to work hard to fulfil their full potential both within the classroom and outside of the classroom and develop these positive, confident attitudes which he hopes will stay with them for life.

Steve tries to lead by example and practises what he preaches to the children within St. Joseph’s as he continually strives to inspire them to be the very best that they can be! He is continually telling the children that anything is possible and that they should never settle for anything less than their very best as they pursue their dreams.

As a result of this each year Steve embarks upon what has become known throughout the school as “Mr Hill’s Challenges” which he hopes help to inspire the children way beyond the classroom.

These self-funded personal challenges have been the catalyst for his Charity Fundraising which he always involves the children in. Over the last few years Steve's classes have so far managed to raise well over £90,000 for a variety of Charities. He hopse this helps to inspire the children further and adds an extra dimension to their lives.

These personal Challenges have included:-

• Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
• Climbing Mont Blanc.
• Trekking 200 miles through the Sahara Desert.
• Climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest mountain in Europe.
• Completing an expedition through the Arctic wilderness with huskies.
• Trekking through the Jungles of Borneo.
• Climbing Mount Kinabalu.
• Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp.
• Completing the Tenzing Hillary Mount Everest Marathon.
• Completing the UVU North Pole Marathon.
• Completing the Petra Desert Marathon.
• Completing the Uganda Marathon.
• Completing the Amazon Jungle Ultra Marathon – 230km self-supported race through the Amazon Jungle.
• Completing the Arctic Ice Ultra - 230km self-supported race through the Arctic Wilderness.
• Climbing Mount Toubkal – the Highest Mountain in North Africa.

Over the past few years Steve has been asked to give talks and presentations to a wide range of audiences about his challenges and adventures. In sharing his experiences he tries to show the audience that through self-belief, hard work and determination and never giving up when things get tough, anything is possible.

Steve's message is - "Dream Big - Aim High and Never Give Up" as he tries and instils an "I Can & I Will" mindset. Steve talks about setting small goals to achieve ultimate dreams and hopefully his talks help to plant a seed of adventure amongst his listeners.

Testimonials from Teachers

"As a speaker/presenter Steve shares with his audience his experience and his challenges, this is supported by fantastic photographs and videos of him taking part. He describes to the audience the preparation he does to be as fit as possible, to be challenge ready, the mind-set he gets into when he is facing extreme conditions i.e. fatigue, weather, altitude and hypothermia. He shares his mantra #dreambig #icanandiwill #nevergiveup and #believeyoucan.

The presentations are extremely well compiled, he captures people’s imaginations. He regards his experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking through the Sahara Desert, completing the North Pole Marathon, The Amazon Jungle Ultra and most recently scaling the highest mountain the North Africa to name but a few. It is not just an account of the challenge but there is always an underlining message ‘This could be you’.

Steve is an extremely charismatic, down to earth character. I have heard him speak to primary children, secondary children, adult audiences, prize presentations and recently he was asked to do a motivational speech for a professional football team. His pitch is always spot on! His audiences come away humble and motivated."

– Lorna Philip, Assistant Principal, Hathershaw College

"Steve became one of our Gold Award Presenters, undertaking this role at St James’s Palace last year, to share his inspirational challenges to recipients of The Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award. The feedback we received from this was a true reflection on what an inspiration Steve is and his ‘can do’ attitude. Having also presented at Holyrood House Palace in Edinburgh in the Summer, we have again asked him to present back at St James’s Palace next week having completed his latest challenge of climbing Mount Toubkal. I would have no hesitation in recommending Steve to present, inspire and motivate you with his remarkable and humble story of his challenges."

– Pamela Sleigh, Operations Officer, Greater Manchester Team The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

"We have used Steve as an inspiration speaker for 2 occasions in the last 12 months, including the Oldham Health Champions and the Oldham Sports Awards. Each event had a completely different audience, but on each, he had the audience completely gripped throughout.

The stories that Steve has to offer are phenomenal and leave the audience wowed at his accomplishments. He is a true inspiration and thrives on motivating others.

I would highly recommend Steve to anyone who is looking for an inspiration speaker."

– Anna Shiels, Sport Development Manager, ​Oldham Council

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