GroceryAid’s Sporting Lunch, which took place at the London Intercontinental – The o2, on Friday 11th November, raised more than £760,000 for the trade charity.
Steve Barnes, GroceryAid CEO said: “GroceryAid anticipates an increase in demand for its services over the next 12 months, so this industry support means we can continue providing free and confidential welfare support to grocery colleagues in need. Last year, we experienced a 61% increase in incidences of support compared to the previous year and we expect this trend to continue.”
The record-breaking fundraising amount for the lunch was achieved as the event moved to a new venue. With 1600 guests, the lunch was also supported by 30 sponsors and 294 companies, the largest number in the event’s history.
Guests enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment, hosted by Sky Sports presenter Natalie Pinkham and former international Rugby player Martin Bayfield. The hosts were joined by 32 sporting heroes, past and present, for an afternoon of engaging panel discussions, which included:
Overcoming Adversity and the Importance of Resilience
Jonny Bairstow, Sir Jason Kenny CBE, Dame Laura Kenny DBE and Nic Hamilton.
The Road to Commonwealth Success
Alistair Brownlee MBE, Liz McColgan MBE, Elish McColgan and Katarina Johnson Thompson
The Great Game of Football
Peter Schmeichel MBE, David Seaman MBE, Fara Williams MBE and Roy Hodgson CBE
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