Nottinghamshire businesses rallied together on 26 November to help raise more than £400 for SportsAid – a charity that provides financial help to local athletes.
Nelsons Solicitors, Yorkshire Bank, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, AdamsonJones and PKF Cooper Parry all pledged their support to the charity by sponsoring a lunch club at Trent Bridge.
In total, 53 people attended the event and £445 was raised through a raffle.
The lunch also saw Elspeth Day, a 21-year-old dressage rider from Lowdham receive a £500 award from SportsAid.
Elspeth has represented Great Britain in dressage for more than seven years, competing at national championships. She was also listed as Young Rider 2015 at the European Championships and was selected for the British Equestrian Federation Excel Pathway Talent Programme.
Tim Lawler, chief executive of SportsAid, said: “The Nottingham lunch club continues to go from strength to strength as local businesses demonstrate their ongoing commitment towards supporting young athletes from across the region.
“The costs associated with training and competing for young athletes can be a lot for them and their families. The money raised at the Nottingham event will be used by SportsAid to help relieve a bit of that financial pressure.
“SportsAid is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016 with activity taking place up and down the country throughout the year. We look forward to the Nottingham lunch club’s involvement in these plans as they recognise the achievements of their local athletes.”
Special guest speaker at the event was director behind the Nottingham Forest film ‘I Believe in Miracles’, Jonny Owen and ex-Nottingham Forest player, Colin Barrett.