Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will attend a dinner at Kensington Palace on Thursday 9 June in celebration of SportsAid's 40th anniversary year. Her Royal Highness, who has been Patron of the charity since 2013, will meet SportsAid ambassadors, alumni and young athletes set to compete in the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
She will also spend time with a number of SportsAid’s key supporters as the dinner provides the opportunity to showcase the charity’s important work and encourage guests to support the next generation of athletes. The dinner forms part of a host of events throughout the year to mark SportAid's 40th anniversary and celebrate the achievements of its athletes over that period.
The Duchess recently praised SportsAid’s contribution to British sport and the difference its supporters have made to ‘thousands of young people and their families’ in a special message to mark the charity’s 40th birthday on Friday 8 April. She also said ‘everyone involved in this great cause should be incredibly proud of the impact SportsAid has had on the success of British sport’.
The Duchess has spent time with young athletes supported by SportsAid, and previous beneficiaries of the charity’s help, at fundraising events, training days and performance workshops over the last couple of years. She presented Team GB skeet shooter Amber Hill, who will be competing at the Olympics this summer, with SportsAid’s One-to-Watch award at the 2013 SportsBall.
The message from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge
“In the last forty years, SportsAid has given a helping hand to talented young sports people across the United Kingdom.
“I have been fortunate enough to meet many current and former athletes who have benefitted from the charity’s support. It is always incredibly clear how the help and recognition these athletes receive at such a crucial, formative stage of their sporting lives gives them that all important boost they need to fulfil their potential.
“As Patron, I would like to wish SportsAid a very happy 40th birthday, and offer my best wishes to everyone who has played a part in their success. Thank you to those who have, and are, supporting SportsAid. Your efforts make a huge difference to thousands of young people and their families.
“Everyone involved in this great cause should be incredibly proud of the impact SportsAid has had on the success of British sport over the last four decades.”