Last week we have welcomed 2 special guests, Sophie Hughes, and Felicity Martin, to the dealership to receive a cheque for £2,770 from ourselves towards their £5,000 target so that they can represent Great Britain in the rhythmic gymnastics category at the Los Angeles event.
The money came via a fundraising Ladies’ Night at the dealership plus £1,000 donations from both ourselves and Fayrefield Foods.
The Ladies’ Night saw women of all ages enjoy various attractions, including pop-up boutiques, a fashion show, handbags and jewellery for sale, live music, plus a performance by academy students.
The Games are for people with intellectual disabilities, and some 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be there, competing in 26 sports next July and August.
Sophie, who has an auditory processing disability and will be the youngest of the whole GB team, said: ‘The Games are really good, and the gymnastics are really fun. Thank you, Mitsubishi!’
And Felicity, who despite having confidence issues won gold when she went to the previous Games in Athens, said: ‘It’s really good what Grenson have been doing for us – they’ve done so much to help us get to the Games.’ She added how much she was looking forward to going to LA to compete, as the Games were a good opportunity for the athletes to show the world what they could do.
Both Sophie and Felicity train at the Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts, in Broad Street, Crewe, where they have been going since they were eight and two and a half respectively.
Jim Lewis, Marketing Manager at the dealership, said: ‘It’s a wonderful thing that they’re doing and it’s great for us to be able to support it. We enjoy supporting local community events and this just ticks all the boxes for us and is a great thing to do. We wish them the very best of luck!’
Sophie’s mother, Liz, said: ‘The Ladies’ Night was fantastic and the money raised was absolutely amazing. It’s really helped us achieve the goal that we set out to do. We can’t thank everybody enough. It’s brilliant.’ And Felicity’s mum, Linda, said: ‘I’m just very pleased that we’ve managed to raise the money now thanks to Grenson’s.
Jane Whetnall, who is the head coach for the team and was this year awarded the OBE for services to disability sport, was also at the cheque presentation. She said: ‘I think it’s wonderful that Grenson are sponsoring the team. It highlights our sport, and all I can say is a very, very big thank-you!’