FCH Steering Committee Member Spotlight: Meet Harry Fairchild

by | Jul 22, 2021

FCH Steering Committee Member Spotlight: Meet Harry Fairchild

by | Jul 22, 2021

Meet Harry Fairchild

In the first of a series of short films introducing members of the Fitzherbert Community Hub Steering Commitee, Harry Fairchild talks about his involvement and why the project is important to him.

Harry has been playing table tennis at Brighton Table Tennis club for 7 years. He was the world’s first table tennis coach with Down’s syndrome and is currently the UK’s number 1 table tennis player with Down’s syndrome and won gold for Great Britain at the T21 European Championship held in Tampere, Finland.

As well as his incredible sporting achievements, Harry is passionate about inclusivity and community building and describes Brighton Table Tennis Club as a “real family”. Since the start of the Covid pandemic, Harry has been volunteering at the Food Hub. However, what he is really looking forward to is being able to bring people together to share meals at the Real Junk Food Community Cafe once the FCH refurbishment is complete.

There’s no such thing as free lunch though! Harry will be challenging you to a post-lunch game of table tennis – he thinks that the encouraging and friendly atmosphere in the Fitzherbert Community Hub will give people the confidence they need to give it a go.

He finishes by driving home the message that none of this is about money, it’s about looking after people and respecting others.


Thank you Harry for all the time and passion you put into the Fitzherbert Community Hub! And most of all for filling the Steering Committee meetings with laughter!

Food Bank and Community Cafe

Remember the non-referral food bank is still open on Sundays between 12.30 – 2.30 pm and the weekly ‘pay as you feel’ Community Cafe is open every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2 pm. Although we can’t eat inside together at the moment, we encourage you to join us on the lawn opposite the table tennis club where we will find a chair or a blanket and lots of great company for you!

Find out more about what’s on at the FCH Hub here.


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