SportsAid Eastern’s Roger Fennemore and Sally Peck have been recognised for their invaluable contribution towards supporting young talented athletes across the East of England after receiving honours on the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
Roger, who is the director of SportsAid Eastern, has been awarded an MBE for services to sport. He has dedicated himself to supporting and developing a number of sporting charities and organisations in Buckinghamshire and the East of England.
Sally, SportsAid Eastern’s athlete liaison officer, has been given an OBE for services to the community through Education and Sport in Bedford and the Eastern Region. Sally is also a trustee of the Harpur Trust – a charity providing education and opportunites in Bedford.
Tim Lawler, SportsAid’s chief executive, expressed his delight at Roger and Sally being rewarded with royal recognition for all their hard work driving forward SportsAid Eastern and providing a greater platform to celebrate the achievements of athletes.
“I am so pleased for Roger and Sally and very proud of them both," said Tim. "They are those special characters that you always want to have in your team, by your side. They have passion, integrity and a cracking sense of humour.
"Neither will have sought nor ever expected such recognition, which is probably why it has been given. What wonderful news for Roger and Sally and their family and friends and a great boost to start SportsAid’s 40th anniversary year.”
Sally was elected as chair of the Harpur Trust in 2009, a role she undertook for five years until 2014. Sally, in addition to her work with SportsAid, now serves on the Bedford Modern School Committee as chair and is a member of its Nominations Sub-Committee.
Roger, also supported by his wife Sally Fennemore, has run Sporting Lunch Clubs on behalf of SportsAid since 1999, raising in excess of £2m to help athletes cover certain competition costs. Roger has held a number of high-level volunteer roles having retired from legal practice.
He was appointed by Sport England to lead the review of Stoke Mandeville Stadium, and is a board member and current chair of Leap – formerly known as the Bucks and Milton Keynes Sport and Activity Partnership.