Sporting celebrities have made a major contribution to Rennie Grove over the years by candidly answering questions at the Pendley Manor Sports fundraising dinner.
The Sports dinner is a key event in our calendar. It includes an open and silent auction, and other fun activities to help us raise funds. One of the highlights of the evening is the Q&A with a panel of sporting celebrities.
Those who have supported the cause so far include footballers, Tony Cottee, Kenny Logan and Gareth Southgate; rugby players, Phil Vickery and Roger Uttley; cricketers, Simon Hughes, Hugh Morris and Neil Foster; rowers Mathew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Andrew Triggs-Hogg and broadcasters Gabby Logan, Cornelius Lysaght and Mark Pougatch.
Other big names are football commentator, John Motson; Henry Winter, Chief football correspondent of The Times; referee Graham Poll and radio sports broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd. Since it started in 2004, the dinners have raised more than £200,000.
“We are always greatly indebted to the sporting celebrities and the broadcast personalities who sacrifice their time to make this event such a continuing success.” Said event organiser and Treasurer of Rennie Grove, Chris Langford. “They always put on a great panel performance and keep the audience thoroughly entertained. I’m sure this helps to stimulate the fantastic generosity that surfaces year after year from the people who attend and the pre-event sponsorship which means all money raised goes to the charity.”
The other event organisers include TV Sports Presenter, Peter Drury, who uses his contact book to recruit the stars and local businessmen Richard Peel and Bob Mayson. Bob is also ‘master of ceremonies’ during the live auction and guests can also bid for silent auction items.