This time last year the team at MM Search was in the thick of the event planning for our inaugural charity dinner at Hutchesons Bar and Grill in aid of the Ellie Soutter Foundation (ESF). It was, as they say, a night to remember and the amount raised for the charity still astounds us – over £16,000.
The impact of the funds raised last year have boosted the charity exponentially. The ESF has been able to announce grant funding to another young hopeful, supporting four young winter sports athletes in total. One of those athletes Maisie Potter, Team GB, recently told us that this support makes her chosen career path possible and without it she would have been at a significant disadvantage.
The charity has also launched the Ellie Safe House – a community-led project in Les Gets, France for local children in the ski resort that Ellie lived and trained. The Ellie Safe House will provide support for children that are struggling with anxiety and bullying, mental health awareness and social media.
However, we are all acutely aware that the impact of COVID-19 has ripped through every industry and organisation, and charities are no exception. Supporting charities in any way we can right now is more important than ever.
This year, the year of pivoting (!), we have dutifully pivoted to make 2020’s event a gala virtual quiz, in the company of Scottish television presenter and journalist Kaye Adams alongside presenter and comedian Fred MacAulay! What a line up and we will be announcing more special guests soon.
You of course don’t have to get as dressed up as last year, but we know that the team at MM Search will…
For those of you that don’t know about the Ellie Soutter Foundation it is close to our core ethos at MM Search. The charity helps support young winter sports athletes fund their training programs for this winter and beyond. We selected the Ellie Soutter Foundation as our charity partner because of our shared love of winter sports and our passion to support young athletes. There are many interwoven character traits that drive elite professionals in sports and business alike, attitude, confidence, commitment and taking a long-term view. Ellie Soutter was one of the most progressive Junior Female Snowboard Athletes of Great Britain. Ellie became Vice-Champion of the world in the Junior Freeride World Tour in 2017. She was the winner of a Bronze medal for Team GB at the 2017 European Youth Olympics and was tipped to be one of GBs strongest contenders for the 2022 winter Olympics amongst other numerous podium finishes throughout Europe and the southern hemisphere. As a junior athlete coming from a family without substantial wealth, Ellie often had to miss out on competing and training through lack of funds. She felt and understood the constant pressure to obtain the necessary funds for her training and events. A full season of required training to maintain this level of competition was in excess of £30,000 annually. At this time, as a Junior GB athlete, there is minimal or no funding for travel or accommodation and athletes have to pay a subscription for coaching. Ellie’s family decided to form The Ellie Soutter Foundation after she tragically took her own life on her 18th Birthday. The Foundation was set up in her memory to help and assist other young winter athletes in similar circumstances.
The foundation is even more poignant to me as I was privileged to know Ellie because her father, Tony Soutter, is my wife's cousin. Ellie was such a special girl and we look forward to continuing to support the charity in every way we can to help these young adults blossom.
We hope you can join us, on Thursday 3 December 2020 from the comfort of your own home at 7pm. Please register here. Spaces are limited so make sure to secure your spot quickly!
You can join as an individual or as a team – even if you are in separate households. It will be a night of competitive fun, excellent prizes, special guest appearances and we hope will raise money for an extremely worthwhile cause.