A talented young basketball player was presented with a SportsAid grant by sporting legend Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards at the latest Bury St Edmunds SportsAid Lunch Club event on Friday.
Ashleigh Pink, 14, who represented England at under-15 level earlier this year, has become the latest in a growing list of highly-talented young sportsmen and women from the county to receive support from the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation.
The grant is specifically aimed at helping Pink with the high cost of training and competing at her current level.
“It is a great honour to receive a grant from SportsAid,” said Pink. “It will really help towards the cost of training and travel.
“My love for the sport is what drives me.”
Since the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation was launched in December 2007 it has raised and distributed more than £100,000 to aspiring athletes from the county including both of Suffolk’s London 2012 medallists — Anthony Ogogo and Zoe Newson.
The Bury St Edmunds SportsAid Lunch Club was established in April in order to raise essential funding that will allow SportsAid to continue to support talented young sportsmen and women from the county.
It was set-up by businesses Abbeycroft Leisure, IRS Risk Management and Insurance, Lovewell Blake and Sicon, with the support of Suffolk Golf and Spa Hotel and Mark Day, the seniors’ captain at the Suffolk Golf Club.