“RECLAIM has been my heart and my soul for over a decade and the young people we've supported are my greatest source of pride

“We've built a charity with ethical, strong, community foundations; we've watched working class children soar, we've challenged inequality and rejected pity. We've marched for social justice and wept for child refugees. 

“We've called out empty rhetoric and illustrated a spirited northern powerhouse; thinking critically, acting boldly and talking about class when no one cared to listen. 

“RECLAIM is the most wonderful organisation and I leave as the proudest CEO in the UK, but it's finally time to hand over the reins. The staff team here are talented, warm and wonderful and I have every confidence in them to make the next ten years even more successful.

“I am ready to pass the mantle onto a pioneering, courageous and authentic leader who can help to grow our mission and stay true to our core values. 

“I will remain a close friend and Patron of RECLAIM while campaigning nationally around social justice and bellowing frequently about the glories of the North.

“Thank you to all who have been my friends, supporters, mentors and critics.”

Ruth x