Corporate social responsibility has continued to take up a central position in the work of Champions Olympic Speakers over the past several years. Having developed flourishing collaborations with many of the country’s best-known athletes, our connections at the highest level of sports have proven to be a valuable asset in supporting charitable organisations across the United Kingdom.
Working with thousands of speakers each year, Champions Olympic Speakers has built up an extensive track record connecting a variety of Olympic sports stars to corporate- and private clients alike. Furthermore, we’ve also been able to facilitate collaboration between prominent sporting icons and a variety of notable charities. Passionate about creating a positive impact on the community, our team continues to play an important role in raising crucial funds for a variety of good causes.
As a sports speakers agency, our team is eager to promote the immense value of sports whenever the opportunity arises. As a result, Champions Olympic Speakers has continued to support the work of The Lord’s Taverners, a British charity aimed at giving disadvantaged young people the ability to engage in sporting activities. Our support for The Lord’s Taverners sees us organise The Authors XI vs. The Lord’s Taverners, an annual celebrity cricket event that helps to raise funds in support of the charity’s incredible work. In the past, the event has seen appearances from numerous iconic athletes, including Mike Gatting OBE and Rob Andrew MBE.
Aside from supporting The Lord’s Taverners, our team is also proud to have supported an array of other charities. Having raised funds for the likes of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Giving Africa, Cure Leukaemia, Great Osmond Street, Brainwave and the PCA Benevolent Fund, our charity events have helped to support those who need it most. Across our charitable activities, we’ve helped to raise more than £2.8 million for charities all over the country.
Children’s hospice Rainbows remains one of our agency’s most important benefactors. Providing crucial support to life-limited children and their families, Rainbows is the only hospice of its kind in the East Midlands. As a result of numerous fundraising events – including the annual Rainbows Charity Ball – Champions Olympic Speakers has been able to raise in excess of £1.5 million in support of Rainbows’ work.
From sporting events to gala dinners and everything in between, Champions Olympic Speakers continues to organise charity fundraising events nationwide. Having already raised funds at events such as the Tony Jacklin CBE Belfry Charity Invitational and the Farmfoods British Par 3, our team is set to continue our charitable efforts for many years to come.
“Champions have been the largest, and longest standing, supporters of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People for well over a decade. In this time, they have raised more than £1.5m to fund our work and in the process putting on countless events, securing hundreds of media and press articles to promote the hospice and introducing us to many more supporters.
“Champions (UK) plc are a family business, in every sense possible. Founded by dad and CEO John, the Hayes family are the most talented and hard working group of people you could hope to meet. Their ethos of doing business the right way can go some way to explain why they’ve dedicated themselves to raising money for Rainbows. However, it’s the thought of supporting other families, families who are faced with the unbelievable prospect of losing a child to a terminal illness that spurs them on. John himself has suffered the pain of losing his sister Jane to a life-limiting illness and he experienced the strain this put on his parents and their relationship with him and others in the family. By supporting Rainbows, John knows that he is directly helping other families faced with a similar situation will get the care they need, when they need it.
“Each year, Champions create a programme of high profile events that are either in aid of Rainbows or that include some fundraising elements on behalf of the charity. In recent years these have included an annual gala ball at The Dorchester, cricket and rugby dinners, countless awards evenings and numerous golf events. In 2017, Champions surpassed their previous fundraising targets and raised over £230,000 in a single calendar year.
“I have worked for charities for over 18 years and in that time I’ve managed some of the biggest partnerships – including the Tesco Charity of the Year, Morrisons and Microsoft to name a few.
“However, none of these bigger organisations are able to touch Champions in terms of the commitment the entire business makes to raising money in support of Rainbows or the other charities that benefit from their help. I’m sure it’s a cliché to say Champions by name, champions by nature – but this really is the case for the Hayes family, their colleagues, friends and associates.”
Andrew Ball, Director of Supporter Relations