On Thursday 19th November The Foundation held its first Virtual Gala Quiz hosted by Martin Bayfield in place of the traditional Gala Dinner at The Savoy which was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus.
One of the giants of British sport over the last three decades, Baroness Sue Campbell, current Director of Women’s Football at The FA, was our keynote speaker. She spoke passionately about the value of playing fields and the vital contribution that LPFF makes to grass roots sport. She alluded to how well the Foundation had responded to the pandemic by empowering local people to exercise regularly and to maintain good levels of physical and mental health.
Sue also spoke about how playing fields are where sport begins and where so many people go to socialise and build lifelong friendships; and for the gifted few like Harry Kane and Rachel Yankey, they are where careers begin.
The evening’s fundraising activity focused on keeping our seven playing fields open and our projects, Coping Through Football and Green Hearts thriving. Interspersed within quiz rounds, famous supporters including Harry Kane, Maggie Alfonsi, Professor Yvonne Doyle and Nasser Hussain asked guests to donate to a particular ground or project, helping to raise an amazing £26,000 in pledges alone. Combined with general donations and the proceeds of the Silent auction, this helped the event to raise an impressive £76,000.
We are immensely grateful to everyone who helped make this such an enjoyable and successful evening.
LPFF CEO Alex Welsh said: “I am so pleased that so many people chose to join us for another special event. The Organising Committee and the event coordinator Lottie Walker deserve huge credit for rescuing the situation when our planned Gala Dinner at The Savoy had to be cancelled.”