Galaxy of stars turn out for our annual Sporting Social
A host of big name sports stars sparkled at this year’s Sporting Social evening for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Among the stars appearing were Olympic heptathlete Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, former England and Nottingham Forest hero Stuart Pearce and Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield. TV’s Clare Balding returned on hosting duties.
Back for a third year, The Sporting Social saw sports personalities reminisce about their greatest moments, on and off the field.
The big names of athletics, football and rugby also took on the audience in a fast-paced sports speed quiz – led by Shed Seven drummer Alan Leach – to see if their brains matched their brawn!
Guests at the evening, which raised funds to support the Appeal’s work with children and people living with cancer, also enjoyed a meal devised and prepared by Leeds-based chef of the moment Matt Healy.
The Sporting Social took place at the Queen’s Hotel, Leeds, on Friday 27th September and was sponsored by Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital and ROX Diamonds & Thrills.
Sales and Services Manager, Andrew Shippey of from Nuffield Health Leeds Hospitals, said: “As experts in health and wellbeing, we are very proud to be able to sponsor this fantastic fundraising evening which will support the Leeds community to be happier and healthier.”
Lauren Alliston-Silver, ROX Manager, Leeds, said: “ROX has supported many charities in 2019 and we’re delighted to be able to add the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to our list of worthy causes.”
A host of great auction prizes were donated for the evening from the likes of DFS, Grantley Hall, English Cricket and Hannah Cockroft MBE.
Darryl Derbyshire, Store Manager at DFS Birstall, which generously donated the stage set, said: “We are proud to be able to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and its work to help improve the lives of children and people living with cancer."
Tickets for the 2020 event are now on sale, and with 2019 being a sell-out, would-be attendees are encouraged to book quickly here.
Sporting Social 2019 highlights
Check out some of the highlights of the evening. (Pictures by Simon Dewhurst).
The absence of a loved one who has died can be felt all the more acutely when special occasions come around – and social distancing and isolation can magnify feelings of grief and loss.
Children struggling with grief after losing a loved one are being offered support from a new service launched by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.OWLS (Overcoming Worry, Loss and Sadness) will offer help to youngsters aged 4 to 11 who have lost a parent, sibling or other significant loved one.