Football legend Ian Wright is launching a new weekly podcast – Ian Wright’s Everyday People which will hear him meeting and learning from inspirational, everyday people.
Ian spoke about the podcast for the first time on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night. Each episode sees Ian meet someone with an incredible story of bravery, resilience or transformation. He gets to the heart of how they’ve changed the world for the better and why they do the things they do.
There’s Major Chris Brannigan, a doting father-of-three who took on an impossible 700 mile barefoot walk, raising funds to create a pioneering treatment for his daughter, diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, and millions of other children suffering with rare diseases.
Ian also meets Munira Mahmoud, a survivor of Grenfell Tower who has been preparing home cooked meals for families struggling to put food on the table during the pandemic.
He then invites Andy Hider on the podcast, a mum of three from Bristol who fostered over 150 children over three decades to hear about the story that saw her recognised with an MBE for her services to children.
Ian says: “I have a hero – my teacher Mr Pigden who changed and shaped my life. He was the first person who showed me love and care and I think about him every day.
“Mr Pigden was a normal man, doing his job, without the spotlight on him. The impact he’s had on my life made me think about other heroes out there, everyday people who walk among us quietly, doing extraordinary things. It is these stories I want to help share in Ian Wright’s Everyday People – stories of courage and resilience, love and kindness, strength and determination.
“Through the laughter and the tears, I feel privileged to be sharing these incredible stories with you all – prepare for an emotional ride.”
Made by production company Somethin’ Else, Ian Wright’s Everyday People launches on Tuesday 23 February.