SportsAid Eastern


SportsAid Eastern supports aspiring athletes throughout the East of England. Every athlete is nominated to SportsAid by their sports' governing body and receives a helping hand from local businesses and lunch clubs. SportsAid also helps athletes in the eastern region. 

SportsAid Eastern has its own charity number (1070957) and company registration (03574841). It is a separate charity to SportsAid. SportsAid Eastern has supported many of British sport's biggest names over recent years including Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and Paralympic champion Ellie Robinson. 

Roger Fennemore MBE is the Director of SportsAid Eastern and works closely with Sally Peck OBE, the charity's Athlete Liaison Officer and Administrator, across the region.  Please contact Sally directly for details on how to donate to SportsAid Eastern or any further information you require on the charity. 

Here is the list of Trustees from SportsAid Eastern who volunteer their time towards supporting young athletes locally:   

Adam Baker

Adam works of Suffolk County Council managing the authorities work on increasing sport and physical activity within Suffolk. He has been involved with SportsAid Eastern since 2007 when, in his role as Suffolk Project Manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he led the authority’s efforts to raise additional funding to support the county’s aspiring sportsmen and women. He became a Trustee of SportsAid Eastern in 2012. 

Adam Bradley

Adam is a partner and the Head of the Corporate Team at Taylor Vinters LLP - a law firm focused on working with innovative and entrepreneurial clients. The firm has offices in Cambridge, London and Singapore. Adam is a strong believer in the benefits of sport for all and has been actively involved with SportsAid in Cambridge since 2005 when he joined Taylor Vinters. He became a Trustee of the charity in 2017.

Melanie Beck

Melanie is a former competitive diver who now acts as Chair of the British Swimming Performance Management Board. She is also a European representative member of the FINA Technical Diving Committee. In 2010, she was asked to take on the role of Honorary Secretary for FINA High Diving following the integration of this disciple in to the World Federation. Melanie joined SportsAid Eastern as a Trustee in 2011.

Tim Blades 

Tim is a Chartered Accountant with many years of advising businesses, charities and other not-for-profit organisations. His representative honours in the sporting arena finished almost as soon as they started at schoolboy level but he is an accomplished scrum half, expert leg spin bowler and adviser to most of British sport from the comfort of his armchair. He has a passion for sport and for the encouragement of youth participation.

Noel Kearns

Noel is a qualified accountant; following an international career he now works as an advisor and mentor to SME's. His involvement with SportsAid Eastern dates from 1999, when he was involved in relaunching SportsAid in the region. During this period he has acted in voluntary, business development and Trustee positions. A sports enthusiast, other charity roles included being Trustee and Chair of Huntingdon Gymnastics Club for six years.

Mark Ormerod (chair)

Mark’s professional career in sport started in 1989. Following the completion of his MSc he joined the research team at the Sports Council, now known as Sport England, holding a number of positions developing sporting opportunities for young people at national and regional level over 17 years. Mark joined Leap - the Bucks and MK County Sports Partnership - as Director in 2012 and became Chair of SportsAid Eastern in 2017.

Steve Perry

Steve became a Trustee of SportsAid Eastern in 2015 having successfully operated the Bucks Sporting Lunch Club since 2011. A Digital Marketing Manager by trade and former sports graduate of Bucks New University, Steve was a Gamesmaker for the International Paralympic Committee during London 2012. He has worked at B P Collins for over a decade where he leads on implementing the firm's digital marketing and business development strategy. 

John Willmott

John Willmott has been a Trustee of SportsAid Eastern since 2011. John’s background is in construction and he was the Stadium Director for the 1986 Men's Hockey World Cup. He also helped the Great Britain hockey team win gold at the Seoul 1988 Olympics when working for the British Olympic Association. Other roles include being the Chair of Governors at Swanbourne House School and President of Southgate Hockey Club.


Georgia Carmichael awarded £1,000 from SportsAid’s Bucks Sporting Lunch Club
02 May 2017

Longridge Canoe Club’s Georgia Carmichael, 15 from Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, was awarded £1,000 from SportsAid’s Bucks Sporting Lunch Club last Friday (28 April). Georgia, a member of the British Canoeing English National Talent Squad (ENTS), was presented with her award by Dame Katherine Grainger, who acted as headline speaker at the Lunch Club, a week after her appointment as Chair of UK Sport.

Eddie the Eagle flies in to support SportsAid athletes in Suffolk
26 Feb 2017

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.

Rio Paralympians and Olympic legend help raise money for the next generation at SportsAid's latest Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club
06 Oct 2016

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 to perform at special charity event before grand depart of the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour
06 Jun 2016

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.

ATHLETES IN SportsAid Eastern