Notts footballers and businesses help ‘kick off’ launch party of local sports charity

Footballers and business owners were among the attendees helping to ‘kick off’ the launch party of a local charity which uses sport to mentor disadvantaged children.

To celebrate the official launch of the charity a party sponsored by Rothera Sharp and organised by their Business Development Manager Jo Walchester was held at Alea Casino on Thursday 3rd May with over 150 people in attendance. Certificates were issued to the “Founding Fifty” sponsors in acknowledgement of their early doors contributions that have helped kick-start the charity into action.

The event began with drinks and networking followed by an introduction by BBC Commentator and ambassador Charlie Slater who hosted throughout the night. Speeches were given by the organisation’s founders, as well as each of its ambassadors about the motivation behind their decision to work with the charity.

Chris Cohen, Nottingham Forest footballer and an ambassador of the charity said: “I heard about the charity a few months ago and it was good to hear what they were looking to do in schools around the Nottingham area. I met with Lee and once he explained the vision of the charity I was more than happy to be involved as an ambassador.”

Guests were also invited to take part in a raffle to raise funds for Brighter Futures Through Sport with prizes including a signed Nottingham Forest shirt, a meal and drinks for two at Revolución de Cuba, a three piece suit from Remus Uomo, four tickets to a Notts County match, afternoon tea for two at the Lace Market Hotel, a cricket bat signed by the England and South Africa team and a hospitality box for Cirque de Soleil at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, with over £700 raised for the charity.

Founder Lee Canoville said: “What an amazing evening. It is great to know that the work we are doing is appreciated by so many individuals and businesses. We are excited to continue to mentor and inspire many more children in Nottinghamshire.”

Brighter Futures Through Sport’s mentoring project is already being run in a number of schools with plans to roll the programme out across many more soon.

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