Sir Peter Vardy
According to the Sunday Times 2009 Rich List of the wealthiest people in the UK Sir Peter Vardy placed 388th. But Vardy is much more than a simple automotive retail businessman from Houghton-le-Spring in Durham. Vardy is also an ardent philanthropist.
Sir Peter Vardy’s longest term commitment to philanthropy is through his personal foundation, the Vardy Foundation, which supports a wide range of community causes. He helped to fund the building of a City Technology College and three academies, which together form the Emmanuel Schools Foundation- a coalition of schools with a Christian ethos.
His foundation continues to make grants and provide support to a wide range of charitable causes and a a recognition for his commitment to education, he was granted a knighthood.