The Liverpool Sportswoman’s Lunch was created by Clare Brookfield of Professional Liverpool, Marena Mondair of DTM Legal and Natalie Dye of Bathgate Business Finance in 2017, as a way to celebrate the sporting achievements of women in the region.
This year’s event was sponsored by Griffiths & Armour, and took place at Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC, in September with a special talk by Olympic cyclist, Elinor Barker and raised an amazing £11,383 for the NSPCC – the highest total in the dinner’s history to date.
Clare said: “We realised that there were very few events that were focussed specifically on women. There are plenty of sportsman dinners and lunches but nothing that focuses on the sporting achievements of women and, like that, we had our lunch.
“We have been so lucky with the support we have received from the Liverpool business community over the years, and while our plans were hit by the pandemic, we were astonished by our ticket sales this year with 300 attending to raise an incredible amount for a really great cause.”
Members of the Board – which also includes Natalie Dickson of Brabners LLP, Lucy Shotter of Bibby Financial Services and Lynne Pierce of Flavell Wealth Management as well as the three founders – presented a cheque for the amount at the NSPCC’s Hargreaves Centre this week.
Tess O’Callaghan, NSPCC Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager, said: “We’re absolutely honoured to have received such an incredible donation from all the generous guests and organisers of the Liverpool Sportswoman’s Lunch, and incredibly grateful for their support.
“As we move towards 2022 and out of the pandemic, the NSPCC and Childline will continue have a huge part to play in supporting children and families in Merseyside and across the UK. Throughout the pandemic, children have had to deal with pressures no child should have to face, and mental and emotional health remains the top concern for children and young people contacting Childline. Thanks to donations like this, the NSPCC and Childline are here for children to show them that they matter, that we understand, and they’re not alone.”
To find out how you can support the NSPCC, go to www.nspcc.org.uk