An online auction was launched today to support Norfolk swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE who faces a funding shortfall in her bid to make the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Norwich-based enterprise agency Nwes kickstarted an appeal in support of the swimmer 12 months ago, and today’s event at Sprowston Manor Hotel culminated in the official ‘switch on’ of an online auction to raise further funds for the sportswoman. Sporting celebrities Karen Pickering MBE, Danny Nobbs and footballer-turned-coach Adrian Forbes, addressed the audience to put their weight behind the fundraising campaign.
Kevin Horne, CEO of Nwes, and the brainchild behind the Jessica-Jane Applegate Fundraising Campaign, said: “Today’s event has been a really fitting marker for the anniversary of when I first met Jessica-Jane, and decided to launch a campaign to help her achieve her Paralympics dream.
“She is an incredibly driven sportswoman who does not let her learning disabilities get in her way, and is absolutely determined to train hard and accomplish her greatest ambitions.
He added: “Everyone is keen to show their support and bid for prizes via the new online auction.”
The auction site is now officially live.
Bids can be placed until Sunday 10th December at 7pm.
All money raised will go toward the campaign tally, with Nwes having committed to raise £20,020 every year for Jessica-Jane between now and 2020.
Speaking at the event, Jessica-Jane said: “I am enormously grateful to everyone who has supported the Nwes fundraising campaign so far – by coming to events like this, providing prizes for the auction, or sharing my story with their network so that more people know what I am trying to achieve.
“I have every faith that with the support I’ve been receiving, and with my commitment to training, I will stand every chance of making the region proud of me in Tokyo in 2020.”