To honour Sports Aid’s 40th anniversary, the Duchess of Cambridge will lead the celebrations by hosting a special dinner to be held at Kensington Palace on June 9th. The Duchess has served as patron of the organisation since January 2013, but she carried out several engagements prior to becoming patron.
The dinner will take place to highlight the charity’s work. It provides financial support and recognition to future Olympians and Paralympians during the early stages of their careers. Guests for this exclusive dinner at the Duchess’s home she shares with her family include athletes, partners, and select guests.
Earlier this year in April, Her Royal Highness sent a thoughtful birthday message to Sports Aid in which she ‘praised its contributions to British sport.’
She wrote: “As Patron, I would like to wish SportsAid a very happy 40th birthday, and offer my best wishes to everyone who has played a part in their success. Thank you to those who have, and are, supporting SportsAid. Your efforts make a huge difference to thousands of young people and their families.”
Her interest in becoming patron of a sports organisation became apparent during the 2012 London Olympic Games. She showed a keen interest in the games and got very involved. The Duchess last attended a Sports Aid event in November, 2014, when she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.
According to Sports Aid, Catherine’s support has made a significant difference in highlighting their work.
They said: “Her support is helping the charity to shine a much brighter light on the achievements and potential of the UK’s most promising young athletes. Her support is helping the charity to take its message further than was ever possible before.”
She has spent time with athletes who have benefited from assistance from Sports Aid at training days and workshops. She has also met with major supporters at fund raising events like SportsBall.