Female Olympic medallists, sports personalities and business leaders attended an exclusive event raising over £27,000 for Childline.

The inaugural Trailblazers evening celebrated female talent from the sporting, media and business worlds with a Q&A hosted by award-winning sports broadcaster Clare Balding.

HRH Princess Beatrice

On the panel sharing inspiring and insightful stories from their careers were:

  • Dame Katherine Grainger – Five-times Olympic medallist rower, and now Chair of UK Sport
  • Dame Kelly Holmes – Double Olympic gold medallist and previous BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner
  • Ama Agbeze – England Netball captain, the team won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and two Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2018.
  • Lauren Steadman – Three-time Paralympian, Rio silver medallist, double world champion and Strictly Come Dancing star
  • Brenda Trenowden CBE – Chair of the 30% Club, targeting to get more women on boards and in senior leadership roles in FTSE companies
  • Georgia Brown- Director of European Originals at Amazon Studios
Lauren Steadman

Over 400 guests attended the networking event which took place at The London Cabaret Club in Holborn.

The star-studded panel also discussed mental health, giving an insight as to how it has affected them and how they’ve coped. Mental health issues are the number one reason for young people getting in contact with the NSPCC’s counselling service, Childline.

Speaking at the event, Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic gold champion, said:

“To become an Olympic champion, I had to go through a difficult journey which included facing mental health problems. Not many people knew what I was going through, and that’s one of the problems for many victims of mental health.

“Around one in four people have mental health problems, and we need to do all we can to help them. For young people, the issue is getting out of hand in terms of the stressful situations they have to go through. There’s a lot more to be done.”

The evening provided a platform to empower the future generation of women and young people while raising much-needed funds for Childline.

The host of Trailblazers, Clare Balding said:

“With mental health issues being the cause of over 100,000 calls to Childline, the NSPCC needs support. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to discuss routes to success and fulfilment and importantly how to overcome challenges with a group of awe-inspiring women from sport and business, they are all Trailblazers.”

Guests were also treated to a champagne reception, provided by Lidl, and the chance to bid on auction lots including a Tottenham Hotspur football shirt signed by all the team, four tickets to the Women’s FA Cup Final, a signed book from Dame Kelly Holmes and dinner at top London restaurants, including The Curtain.

All the money raised on the night will help Childline counsellors to answer every young person who contacts them, currently, the charity can only respond to 3 out of 4 children who need their help.