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Nottingham businesses raise over £700 at SportsAid charity lunch

A fundraising lunch for Nottingham SportsAid raised £743 to help support the next generation of British sporting stars.

The event, held at Trent Bridge on Friday, 23 June, was attended by Nottinghamshire business professionals who generously donated to the national charity which provides financial support to local, talented, young people who have no other access to vital funding which will assist them with training and ultimately enable them to reach their potential.

Sports coach Danny Massaro spoke at the event, which was sponsored by Nelsons Solicitors, Yorkshire Bank, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and patent and trademark attorneys, AdamsonJones.

Danny – who has worked with many professional squash players including three times world champion Nick Matthew OBE and his wife Laura, who reached World Number 1 in 2016 – spoke about his experiences during his successful career.

Tim Lawler, chief executive for SportsAid, said: “I would like to thank Nottingham’s business community for once again being incredibly generous in supporting the charity. Their donations allow us to help young talented sportspeople who typically have no other financial assistance.”

The lunches are held three times annually and each year the sponsors choose an athlete to present with a £500 donation.

Teenage cyclist Calum Fernie, from West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, was awarded the cheque to help him further his development in the sport, which he aims to focus and dedicate his time wholly to once he completes his A-levels.

The 17-year-old was selected as part of the GB Cycling Team Junior Academy for mountain bike cross-country in October 2016. After competing for GB numerous times already in 2017, Calum recently came fifth in a round of the MTB Junior World Series.

Previous recipients of SportsAid support have included Sir Steve Redgrave and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.

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