Community supports launch of new charity ‘Olivia Inspires’

This news item was published on: Friday, October 4, 2019


People from the New Forest, educational, sporting and musical communities turned out to support our launch event on 3 October at Lymington Town Sailing Club, where Olivia, who sailed for Great Britain, was a member.

A message from Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic and World Champion Sailor:

The evening included speeches from Nigel Burt, as well as British Sailing Team member and friend of Olivia’s, Sam Whaley.

Sam recounted how Olivia had encouraged him to take the step from being a club sailor to competing nationally which has now led to him challenging for a place in the Olympics.

The formal part of the launch concluded with Sarah Le May, the High Sheriff of Hampshire explaining just how important to the New Forest, Olivia Inspires will be.

The evening concluded with an auction of lots on the theme “Things Money Can’t Buy”. Lively bidding saw lots snapped up such as:

  • A tour of a nuclear submarine hosted by a serving Rear Admiral
  • 3 paddock passes for the 2020 British Grand Prix
  • Dinner for 10 at Palace House Beaulieu
  • A cricket bat signed by the England and Pakistan sides in 2019

In total the evening raised in excess of £7000 for young people in the New Forest.

The launch was also featured on Radio Solent and South Today:

ITV Meridian also carried the story:

Further fundraising events are planned, but the priority now is to get the message out to young people, that Olivia Inspires might be able to help them achieve their dreams.