This April the Child Brain Injury Trust are hosting a fantastic Sports Lunch at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club. Today Amelia Larard, Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Child Brain Injury Trust talks to us about this upcoming event.

2This is the second time we are running this event, and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year. We are lucky to have the support of our regional fundraising group who have really got behind this event and helped us to bring together a fantastic line-up of sporting superstars”.

“First up we have Pete Graves who is a television presenter who readers will recognise from British Sky Broadcasting. He anchors live association football and rugby union matches on Sky Sports. Pete is an experienced events speaker and we’re delighted he is able to join us for our Sports Lunch”.

“Pete will be joined by Joleon Lescott who is a former professional football player, during his career Joleon played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton and Manchester City. Joleon grew up in Birmingham, and at the age of 5 suffered head injuries as a result of a collision with a car. Joleon has first-hand experience of what it is like to overcome adversity”.

“We will also hear from Michael Vaughan OBE, who secured his place in cricket history with England’s historic Ashes win in 2005. Michael has gone on to become one of cricket’s most respected commentators. He became a household name in 2012 when he showed off his moves on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing!”

This is going to be a massive event, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our regional fundraising team, this team of professional people go over and above to help us with events like this. That’s all on top of the day job too!”

Rankeshwar Batta, is a partner with Anthony Collins Solicitors who have offices in Birmingham and Manchester. Rankeswar is the Head of claimant clinical negligence and personal injury department, He is all too aware of the impact that acquired brain injury can have on families, he is a long term supporter of the Child Brain Injury Trust and a driving force behind the Sports Lunch. Rankeshwar told us why this event is so special.

“The sports lunch last year was an absolutely fantastic event!  Well organised, with football legends of the past sharing insights into the game and making us laugh with anecdotes we wouldn’t ever get to hear about otherwise.  In particular Charlie Fogarty MBE. A local lad with a brain injury who gave a particularly funny but extremely moving and inspiring presentation – he stole the show!”

“Even if you are not interested in sport it’s still a great afternoon of good food and drink, great fun and networking with like-minded individuals who want to support this great charity – the Child Brain Injury Trust!

A trustee of the charity, Inez Brown who is Head of Clinical Negligence at Medical Accident Group, added.

“We are privileged to be joined by Michael Vaughn and Joleon Lescott this year which promises to be another interesting and inspirational lunch.  Join us at this great networking event and to also support the Child Brain Injury trust – such a worthy charity!”

Tickets for this event are available from the Trust website, see link below. Tickets include a glass of fizz on arrival, followed by a three course meal, with wine and beer. You will get to hear from all the special guests and take part in a raffle and charity auction to help raise funds to support the vital work of the Child Brain Injury Trust.