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9 Nov 2018

Sporting Lunch raises half a million for GroceryAid

Over 1,200 industry colleagues attended the sold out GroceryAid Sporting Lunch on 2nd November 2018, raising a record £515k for the charity. This money will help fund the December financial grant payments that the charity makes to over 2,200 colleagues in need. 

Charles Wilson, Vice President of GroceryAid and CEO of Booker welcomed guests before highlighting the increased number of working age colleagues GroceryAid is now supporting. Wilson then revealed GroceryAid’s latest case study film, a working Mum who has been receiving support from the charity following the birth of her disabled son. Watch here. 

Steve Barnes, Chief Executive of GroceryAid said, “We’re humbled by the support given to us by the industry and the Sporting Lunch was a glowing example of this with a record number of companies attending. This fantastic sum raised will help make a very real difference to colleagues experiencing difficulty.”

Hosted by John Inverdale and Katharine Merry, guests were entertained with a speech from IAAF President Lord Sebastian Coe. Following this they enjoyed sporting tales and banter from English sport double act Mike Tindall and Alan Shearer. A wealth of sporting stars were also in attendance including Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson and Team GB Olympic Gold Medal Hockey trio Crista Cullen, Helen Richardson-Walsh and Kate Richardson-Walsh to name just a few. 

Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury's Brand commented, “This event is unique in the industry calendar and there is nothing to top this. I think most people would say this is the one event they never want to miss and it just seems to get bigger every year.”

It was an incredible afternoon and we would like to extend our thanks to all of our sponsors, the companies who donated prizes or product and to everyone who attended.


The Sporting Lunch will be held on Friday 8th November 2019 at the Grosvenor House Hotel. 

Email or call 01252 875925 to secure your table today. 

Check out the photos from the 2018 event via our Facebook page by clicking here.

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