Sporting Lunch raises half a million for GroceryAid

Over 1,200 industry colleagues attended the sold out GroceryAid Sporting Lunch on 2 November 2018, raising a record £515,000 for the charity.

The amount will help fund the December financial grant payments that the charity makes to over 2,200 colleagues in need, it said.

Charles Wilson, vice president of GroceryAid and CEO of Booker unveiled GroceryAid’s latest case study film, a working Mum who has been receiving support from the charity following the birth of her disabled son at the event,  highlighting the increased number of working age colleagues the charity is now supporting.

Steve Barnes, chief executive of GroceryAid said: “We’re humbled by the support given to us by the industry and the Sporting Lunch was a glowing example of this with a record number of companies attending. This fantastic sum raised will help make a very real difference to colleagues experiencing difficulty.”

Hosted by John Inverdale and Katharine Merry, guests were entertained with a speech from IAAF President Lord Sebastian Coe. They also enjoyed sporting tales and banter from English sport double act Mike Tindall and Alan Shearer.

A wealth of sporting stars were also in attendance including Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson and Team GB Olympic Gold Medal Hockey trio Crista Cullen, Helen Richardson-Walsh and Kate Richardson-Walsh to name just a few.