SportsAid Eastern supports aspiring athletes throughout the East of England. Every athlete is nominated to SportsAid by their sports' governing body and receives support from local businesses and lunch clubs.
The charity has supported some of British sport's biggest names over the years, including Olympic gymnast Louis Smith.
Sporting icon Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards flew in to Ipswich on Friday (24 February) to help raise funds for Suffolk’s up-and-coming sportsmen and women. Edwards, who became the first competitor since 1929 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, was guest of honour at the Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club. The Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club was set up in 2015 to raise money for SportsAid to support young athletes in Suffolk.
Suffolk’s three Rio 2016 Paralympic athletes Zoe Newson, Ryan Crouch and Evie Edwards joined former British, Commonwealth, European and world champion athlete Derek Redmond to raise money to support the next generation of athletes from the county at SportsAid's latest Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club event at Wherstead Park.
SportsAid ambassador Laura Wright will help mark the grand depart of the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour by performing for guests at a special charity event to raise money to support the next generation of British sports stars from Suffolk. SportsAid Suffolk has helped raise over £150,000 to support young athletes from the region since 2007.
Three up-and-coming teenage sports stars have been helped on the road to future sporting success with a £750 SportsAid Award each from the Bucks SportsAid Foundation.