Double Olympic Champion on route to Bury St Edmunds

Lizzy Yarnold Victory Parade in Sevenoaks, Kent. 21/03/2014 Winter Olympic gold medal winner Lizzy Yarnold driven from Sevenoaks to her home village of West Kingsdown in Kent in an open-top bus. Stop-off in Blighs Meadow to meet local school children

Current double Olympic Skeleton Champion Lizzy Yarnold MBE is to be guest of honour at the 2018 Bury St Edmunds Sporting Lunch.

The lunch, which will raise funding for SportsAid, will take place on Friday, October 19, at The Athenaeum, in Bury St Edmunds, and will be the curtain raiser to this year’s “Our Bury St Edmunds Festival of Sport”.

It is sponsored by Abbeycroft Leisure, Lovewell Blake and Greene & Greene Solicitors.

Yarnold, who has won every major title in the sport of skeleton, entered the history books earlier this year when she became the first ever Team GB winter athlete to retain an Olympic title after she won gold at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

She said: “I’m really excited to be coming to Bury St Edmunds to help raise funding for SportsAid. As someone who benefited from SportsAid’s support as a young athlete I know how vital their work is.”

Mark Daly, of Greene & Greene solicitors, said: “To have somebody who has achieved so much and is so current is a huge coup for both the sporting lunch and for the Festival of Sport. It promises to be an event to remember.”

Warren Smyth, of Abbeycroft Leisure, commented: “SportsAid does a really important job raising funding to support local up and coming young sportsmen and women with the cost of training and competing at national and international level. As a local company, doing our bit to support the local community and help young people is really important to us.”

Brian Floringer, of Lovewell Blake, added: “I would urge local businesses and individuals to support this event. Not only will they get a unique opportunity to entertain clients and staff they will also be making a meaningful difference to the sporting lives of young people from Suffolk. Every penny raised in Suffolk stays in Suffolk to support young athletes from the county.”

Since it was launched in 2007, SportsAid has raised and distributed almost £200,000 to young athletes from Suffolk including some that have gone on to win Olympic, Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth medals.

Further details, and a booking form, are available from SportsAid Eastern trustee Adam Baker at or 07894 598296. Tickets cost £40 per head or £280 for a table of 8.

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