Eleven times Paralympic Gold Medalist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will be the guest speaker at the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Dinner next month.
The wheelchair racer, who became an independent peer in 2010, is now a leading ambassador for the Olympics and Paralympics and will speak as the city gears up for its busiest sporting year ahead of the 2012 Olympics in London.
The President’s Dinner will be the first event of its kind ever held in the nave of the Sheffield’s Anglican Cathedral and will raise funds for the Cathedral Archer Project, which helps homeless and vulnerable people in the city.
The Dean of Sheffield, the Very Reverend Peter Bradley, said: “Sheffield Cathedral has hosted celebrations of our community and civic life for almost a thousand years, but this is our first President’s Dinner.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome to the Cathedral on one evening representatives of so many aspects of the life of the city. The President’s Dinner is an important event, marking the achievements of leaders in our civic and industrial life, and this year it’s going to be held in a truly memorable setting.
“The event will also contribute to our city truly having a place for everyone, as there will be a fundraising activity on the night to go directly to The Cathedral Archer Project which helps the vulnerable and excluded.”
Sheffield Chamber will also announce its Charity of the Year for 2011 at the dinner.
Shortlisted charities include Kickstart Community Programmes, Neurocare, Sheffield Young Carers Project, St Luke’s Hospice, Support Dogs and Western Park Hospital Cancer Appeal.
For more information about the event, which takes place on Thursday, May 12, contact the Chamber events team.