Nottingham Building Society targets £1k funding boost for Worksop Team GB archery star and his Rio 2016 hopes

Seventeen year old archer Rob Gray will represent Great Britain in Korea in July

Seventeen year old archer Rob Gray will represent Great Britain in Korea in July

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Staff in a Worksop building society have set their sights on a £1,000 December fundraising blitz on behalf of a local achery star.

The Worksop branch of the Nottingham Building Society are continuing their sponsorship of teenager Rob Gray, who is targeting a place at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

A special Christmas raffle will see 24 prizes up for grabs, one for each day of the advent, as staff look to raise £1,000 to boost Gray’s efforts to qualify for Brazil.

Customer advisor Krystal Hayes explained how the firm was helping the youngster.

“So far this year we have raised around £500 for Rob, all of which helps his training and travel to compete as he reaches the senior ranks of archery,” she said.

“This raffle has only been made possible by the generosity of local businesses and I would like to thank them all for their fantastic donations some of which would be great for Christmas gifts.”

“I am incredibly proud of how these Worksop businesses have pulled together to support a local lad.”

Prizes up for grabs include a game of golf at Worksop Golf Club, a bed frame from On Time Removals, a meal for two at Weatherspoon’s Liquorice Gardens, a meal for two at Yate’s Worksop, a photo-shoot from All Occasions Gifts and Photography, photo-shoot from New Focus Photography, a Terraclean voucher from ST-Performances in Retford and a Light up Christmas Biscuit Barrel from M&S Food

Tickets are available in branch now for just £1.

The branch have also set up a Just Giving page for online donations https://www.justgiving.com/advent-raffle/

Raffle-beneficiary, 18-year-old archer Gray won silver shooting for Team GB in the team event in Seoul earlier this year and is hoping to make the Olympic squad for 2016.

He has been sponsored by the branch since March when they handed over a cheque for £750.

Staff fundraising has boosted that to over £1,300, thanks to a charity football match and selling hand-knitted pumpkins in branch.

Chief Executive of SportsAid, Tim Lawler highlighted the importance of fundraising for young stars like Worksop’s Gray.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Worksop team to help young athletes like Rob realise their potential.”

“Our research shows that funding is without doubt the largest barrier to athletes’ progression in sport and this support is a timely boost to the athletes and their families.”