Summer of sport for SportsAid

Olympic fever really hit our branches this summer with a number taking on sports-themed challenges to raise funds for SportsAid. Long Eaton kicked off in June completing over 700 miles in a week with their ‘Tour de Nottingham’ to raise £500 for speed-skating star Ben Roberts

In Wollaton 15-year-old cycling star Poppy Wildman set and oversaw a 100km challenge raising £100. Event organiser and customer adviser Sophie Edmonds says: "We are really pleased with how the event went. Poppy was on hand to give us some tips and help with rattling buckets. 

“Most of the Team GB squad in Rio were been funded by SportsAid at some point. We are looking forward to following Poppy from the track all the way to Tokyo and really hope these funds help.” 

Poppy from West Bridgford told us “I have really enjoyed watching the Olympics, especially the athletics. It takes a lot of determination to reach that level but with the support from The Nottingham and SportsAid I have been able to attend training camps in Wales and Devon this year and travel abroad to Holland to compete, which really helps with building my race experience. I am very confident for an Olympic selection one day.”

In Bushmead England U15 footballer Abbie Roberts netted almost £120 helping the branch and Bramington Primary School with their penalty shootout challenge, while Market Harborough took inspiration from their triathlon star Caitlin Roper to complete the ‘Try a Tri’ raising £300 between the team. 

In Skegness customer adviser Charley Prince celebrated table tennis star Tom Jarvis’ Rio selection by literally jumping out of a plane. After taking on her first sky-dive Charley and the team raised £1,000. The branch quickly followed this up with their own ‘SportsAid week’ taking on a 300 mile static bike challenge raising £350. 

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