LORD Chris Holmes has officially opened a meeting room named in his honour at the Pocklington Hub.

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has named the meeting rooms at its head office – the Pocklington Hub – after well-known visually impaired people, including one named after Lord Holmes, Baron of Richmond, MBE.

Lord Holmes is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer, with a tally of nine gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal. He entered the House of Lords in 2013 and has focused his time on employment, education and skills, media and sport, and the digital opportunity.

Lord Holmes attended an event at the Hub today (Friday 17th March) to officially open the Lord Chris Holmes Room.

Lord Holmes told TPT staff and Trustees: “It’s a real pleasure to be with you today and truly such an honour to have something like this happen. I’m just a working class kid from the Midlands so to have these kinds of things happen is extraordinary.

He spoke about how grateful he was for the life-changing work TPT does to empower and enable people, and help open up possibilities for them.

“Thank you for everything that you do to enable (and) to empower people in every single element, in everything people want to achieve in their lives.”

TPT Chief Executive Peter Corbett thanked Lord Holmes for attending the Hub to officially open the meeting room.