HELEN FOSPERO

Fortitudo Probata Florescit

Helen Fospero / 50 / Television Presenter and Journalist

Helen was born in the seaside town of Cleethorpes and is proud to have grown up in the fishing port of Grimsby in Lincolnshire. Her career began in local papers and on Fleet Street following in her father's footsteps. Her first opportunity in television came when she was recruited by Sky News as one of their first journalists. Helen was poached by GMTV at the end of the 1990s where she worked in London and then in New York as ITV's U.S. correspondent. Helen has worked for all major UK broadcasters, has guest presented on This Morning and Watchdog, and is currently making topical films for BBC1's The One Show. She also appears regularly on C4's Countdown. Helen is in demand as a corporate host, working for brands like Rolls-Royce. Her career is an absolute triumph and makes the town of Grimsby extremely proud.
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Fortitudo Probata Florescit

WHY?

Latin for 'courage having been tested flourishes'. We all face challenges in life but can learn from some of the most difficult & painful ones.

LATEST PROJECT?

Investigating why 29 much loved, viable & often historic pubs are closing in Britain every single week.

BUCKET LIST?

Helicopter ski into fresh powder...

THEME TUNE?

Elbow - One Day Like This

BEST EXPERIENCE?

Holding my children in my arms for the very first time.

FAVOURITE CITY AND WHY?

New York is my second home. I lived Downtown in Soho in 2000 & fell in love with the city - so alive & vibrant 24 hours a day.

THREE PIECES OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

Make the most of education; spend less in Space NK; drink 2 litres of water every day.

SPORT?

Snow skiing; water skiing, and I'm addicted to spinning classes in the dark to loud House music!

HERO?

Grandad Barker went over the top at The Somme in 1916 and was the last surviving member of The Grimsby Chums when he died aged 100. A gentle, beautiful soul. My hero. I miss him terribly.

MOST INSPIRING PERSON YOU'VE EVER MET AND WHY?

Claire Lomas, she was paralysed in a riding accident in her 20s. Since her accident, she's learned to mono ski, race motorbikes against able-bodied riders & has had two beautiful daughters. Claire tirelessly raises funds for my spinal injuries charity, nsif, & is an amazing woman.

BRAVEST / SCARIEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?

Flying with The Red Arrows & taking the controls. Awesome!

HOMETOWN?

Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

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