VIDEO: The Nottingham support equestrian star Emily Parker

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Staff at Louth branch of The Nottingham have pledged to help raise funds to support Emily Parker, a local equestrian, in her bid to join the GB squad.

The branch will be holding fundraising events throughout the year to help support her ambitions.

The Nottingham is working with the charity SportsAid, and has donated £650 to help fund her first year as a senior rider. The team at the branch hope that they can boost this to £1000 through local fundraising.

Alan Cope, manager for the Louth branch of The Nottingham, said; “The Nottingham is thrilled to be involved with this initiative to help someone that is part of our community. It is essential that we help future sports stars with their funding, if we want to carry on the legacy left by the London Olympics last year.”

Emily has been interested in horses since a very young age and has been competing internationally for the GB squad since she was a teenager. She already has three European Gold medals to her name and hopes to continue competing at an elite level for many years to come.

Chief Executive of SportsAid, Tim Lawler said: “We’re delighted to be working with The Nottingham to help local athletes realise their potential. Our research shows that funding is without doubt the largest barrier to athletes progression in sport and this support will help to provide a timely boost to the athletes and their families.”

SportsAid is a charity that helps the sports stars of tomorrow by providing funding and recognition during the defining early years of their careers. These include some of Britain’s brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success. Some famous British sportsmen and women have been helped by SportsAid in the past and these include Jessica Ennis; Bradley Wiggins; Tanni Grey-Thompson; Tom Daley; Mo Farah; Steve Redgrave; David Weir, Kelly Holmes; and Chris Hoy.