15 sporting heroes made a dazzling entrance at the GroceryAid annual fund-raising luncheon, held at the Park Lane Hilton. Manchester United legends Gary Pallister, Denis Irwin and Dion Dublin headed up the football contingent. Graham Gooch starred for cricket and Gold medal winning Hockey superstars Kate Richardson-Walsh, Helen Richardson-Walsh and Hannah Macleod represented women’s hockey.
Premier tier sponsors were delighted to have the legends join their table:
“Kate was certainly the best sporting lunch guest I’ve ever had on the table”.
John Inverdale hosted the event, interviewing current stars such as double gold Olympic Rowing medalist Helen Glover, as well as legends from the past. Jonathan Davies gave a wonderfully candid interview about his rugby career, with inside stories of both the success and challenges that he faced when he crossed codes from Union to Rugby League.
HTL was privileged to support GroceryAid, by gathering this amazing group of sportsmen and women and help raise over £340,000. Sponsors and guests enjoyed a top-notch event:
“I’m reluctant to admit that I’m now a long-time veteran of the Sporting Lunch and whilst it’s hard to top some of my younger heydays, I think you might have done it this year!”
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"Yesterday has inspired us to push forward and achieve what has been asked of us." - Steve Lister, Client Service Director, Charterhouse
"Everyone is still buzzing with excitement from the fantastic format, with a great location, fascinating guest line up and superb food and wine." - Ian Sempers, CEO
"Please once again, pass on our thanks to everyone involved in making Monday such a success – Heston is still talking about it, he loved it!" - Val Clarke
“Extremely inspiring. Great quality speakers and incredible delivery - some of the best presenters I've ever witnessed.” - Corporate guest of Bartle Bogle Hegarty
"It doesn't get a lot better than this. You guys did a brilliant job. Possibly the most entertaining event I have been to." - Nick White, Product & Commercial Director, USwitch
"It was magical. Fantastic team work and the money and profile raised as a result was incredible." - Julie Stokes, OBE, Founder of Winston's Wish