Kate Middleton is still out of action – but may be back on October 10 for a reception at BP – so for now I guess we’ll take what we can get from Kate. Today’s edition of ‘I’m actually a bit bummed that Kate is MIA’ comes from SportsAid: Kate sent a message of support to SportsAid for their second annual SportsAid Week.
SportsAid Week was started last year to mark the charity’s 40th anniversary. As it generated over £40,000 in 2016, the charity has decided to make it an annual fixture on their calendar.
SportsAid helps over 1,000 athletes across more than 60 sports each year, the majority age 12-18, by providing them with an average award of £1,000. SportsAid Week is a fundraising drive designed to support the next generation of athletes striving to represent Team GB and ParalympicsGB at future Olympic and Paralympic Games. All the money raised assists young sports stars with training and competition costs, including equipment, accommodation and transport, during the critical early stages of their careers.
To support the charity she has been Patron of since 2013, Kate sent a message to SportsAid for SportsAid Week:
“The most talented young athletes throughout the United Kingdom show great levels of commitment and dedication as they aim to bring sporting success to our country in future years. The early part of this journey is a challenging one. Many of the athletes are still in education and reliant on their family for all the support a young sportsperson needs to allow them to train and compete.
“SportsAid supports over 1,000 athletes every year from more than 60 different sports, and as Patron, I am very proud of the impact SportsAid has on these young people, helping to relieve the different pressures they each may face, while also giving them the self-belief and motivation to continue to pursue their ambitions.
“This year’s SportsAid Week will be an exciting few days and a great opportunity for everyone to show their support for our next generation of athletes.”
This is the part of the article where I wonder why Kate doesn’t do more with SportsAid considering she shines at sports-related engagements.
Here are a few photos from Kate’s last two visits with SportsAid: the 40th anniversary dinner in June 2016; and an athlete workshop in November 2014.