Double Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold MBE is to be guest of honour at the Bury St Edmunds Sporting Lunch 2018. The lunch, which will be raising funds for SportsAid, is taking place on Friday 19 October at the Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds, and will be the curtain raiser to this year’s ‘Our Bury St Edmunds Festival of Sport’. It is sponsored by Abbeycroft Leisure, Lovewell Blake and Greene & Greene Solicitors.
Lizzy, who has won every major title in the sport of skeleton, entered the history books earlier this year when she became the first ever Team GB winter athlete to retain an Olympic title after she won gold in Pyeongchang to add to her success in Sochi four years ago.
“I’m really excited to be coming to Bury St Edmunds to help raise funding for SportsAid," said Lizzy - a recipient of support from the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), which is managed by SportsAid, at the beginning of her career. "As someone who benefited from SportsAid’s support as a young athlete I know how vital their work is.”
SportsAid Suffolk was established in 2007, by Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Sport, as a legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to support individuals with cash awards in the defining early years of their careers. Since it was launched, SportsAid Suffolk has raised and distributed almost £200,000 to talented athletes from across the county.
Mark Daly, of Greene & Greene Solicitors, said: “To have somebody who has achieved so much and is so current is a huge coup for both the sporting lunch and for the Festival of Sport. It promises to be an event to remember.”
Warren Smyth, of Abbeycroft Leisure, commented: “SportsAid does a really important job raising funding to support local up-and-coming young sportsmen and women with the cost of training and competing at national and international level. As a local company, doing our bit to support the local community and help young people is really important to us.”
Brian Floringer, of Lovewell Blake, added: “I would urge local businesses and individuals to support this event. Not only will they get a unique opportunity to entertain clients and staff, they will also be making a meaningful difference to the sporting lives of young people from Suffolk. Every penny raised in Suffolk stays in Suffolk to support young athletes from the county.”
You can receive further details, and a booking form, for the Bury St Edmunds Sporting Lunch by contacting SportsAid Eastern trustee Adam Baker via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07894 598296. Tickets cost £40 per head or £280 for a table of eight.