Sporting legend Steve Cram MBE proved he can still go the distance when he helped raise hundreds of pounds for a Brighton children’s hospital at a charitable lunch held by Clydesdale Bank.
The event took place at Hotel du Vin in Brighton on Wednesday May 14th as part of Clydesdale Bank’s Business Week.
While Clydesdale Bank Ambassador Steve had been long been billed as the keynote speaker, organisers warmly welcomed his last minute suggestion of a two-for-one deal, with athletics champion Daley Thompson attending as Steve’s guest.
Sixty local business figures attended the lunch, which was run in conjunction with EMC and Cobb PR.
During the event, Steve, who won gold in the 800m and 1500m at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games recounted experiences from his long career as an athlete, and his business and charitable work before taking part in a charity sports quiz.
The session – which offered prizes including a bat signed by cricket star and Clydesdale Bank Ambassador Alec Stewart and a shirt signed by Steve and Daley – raised £750 for the Rocking Horse appeal on behalf of Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.
Paul Marshall, Head of Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Gatwick, said:
“Welcoming a sporting legend like Steve Cram here has been a pleasure and a memorable occasion.
“Steve has gained a wealth of experience during his career, first as a top athlete then commentator and businessman. It was an inspiration to hear about his life during Business Week.”
The event was staged as part of Clydesdale Bank’s Business Week, which is being held from May 12-16.
Business Week will see more than 250 customer-focused events staged at the Bank’s UK-wide network of Business and Private Banking Centres, including a number of high profile events in London, Reading, Oxford, Gatwick and Bury St Edmunds.
Businesses from across the UK are being invited to meet with some of the UK’s leading financial experts to discuss their most pressing commercial issues such as; planning and securing finance for growth, improving profitability and succession planning.
Research commissioned by Clydesdale Bank as part of Business Week suggested that South East small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are ready to invest nearly £16bn of their own turnover* into the local economy over the next 12 months.
*Source: Dept BIS. Annual SME total turnover £227bn