Tim Lawler, chief executive of SportsAid, and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DL, alumna and trustee of the charity, attended a special reception at 10 Downing Street this evening to receive a cheque for £150,000 raised from ICAP’s 23rd Charity Day in December 2015.
Each year, ICAP, a leading markets operator matching buyers and sellers in wholesale markets, donates a day’s revenue and commissions to different causes as celebrities and ambassadors ‘close’ deals with clients to raise money. ICAP Charity Day 2015 generated £7.5 million worldwide to support 200 charities and has raised nearly £127 million since its inception in 1993.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, the Patron of SportsAid, and HRH The Duke of Cambridge joined in the fundraising as they conducted deals and took a tour of ICAP’s London offices. The Duke and Duchess stopped off to play a game of table tennis with SportsAid athletes Marcus Giles and Denise Payet on their trip.
Tim and Tanni joined Michael Spencer, ICAP Group CEO, at this evening’s reception, hosted by Samantha Cameron, and representatives of the other charity beneficiaries from ICAP Charity Day 2015.
100% of ICAP’s donation to SportsAid will go towards creating the new ICAP Talent Fund directly supporting 50 young talented athletes each year – starting with the charity’s 40th anniversary in 2016 and carrying through to 2017 and 2018. The fund will help cover certain training and competition costs for the athletes.
Tanni ‘closed’ deals at the ICAP Charity Day 2015 with fellow SportsAid alumni Paula Radcliffe, Kelly Sotherton, Sally Gunnell, Mark Foster, Ade Adepitan, Leon Taylor, Duncan Goodhew and Zac Purchase, and the charity’s ambassadors Hayley McQueen and Laura Wright.
They were accompanied by young talented athletes, either currently or recently supported by SportsAid, including wheelchair racer Toby Gold, heptathlete and high jumper Morgan Lake, 400m hurdler Shona Richards and middle-distance runner Sabrina Sinha.
“What an amazing, crazy day,” said Tim immediately after ICAP Charity Day 2015. “The energy and goodwill from everyone at ICAP was inspiring. It was a pleasure to be a part of the action knowing that everyone’s efforts will go towards creating a brand new talent fund with SportsAid.
"We're honoured to have such a committed Royal Patron in HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Her support shines a spotlight on these young athletes, and to see HRH The Duke of Cambridge so passionate too is a huge boost for them all as they strive to be the best they can be."