Eilish and Liz McColgan raise over £80k for vulnerable children at Glasgow event

Eilish McColgan and mum Liz at the sports dinner on Friday
-Credit: (Image: Action for Children)


A Scots athlete has helped raise £88,000 for vulnerable children at an event in Glasgow.

Eilish McColgan spoke with 400 eager Glasgow sports fans in a flying one-day visit to Scotland for Action for Children’s 20th annual charity sports dinner on Friday. The highly decorated long-distance runner is set to represent Team GB for the fourth time at the Paris Olympics in only seven weeks time.

She was joined by her trail-blazing mum, Liz McColgan MBE, who was voted Britain’s Sports Personality of the year in 1991. The mother-daughter duo each have inspirational careers, including Liz’s Gold medal win for 10,000m at the World Cross-Country Championship 30 years ago in Tokyo, which she won just months after giving birth to her daughter Eilish.

Eilish McColgan at the Commonwealth Games in 2022
Eilish McColgan at the Commonwealth Games in 2022 -Credit:Mike Egerton / PA Wire

The event raised a total of £88,000, including auctioning a host of luxury sports experiences donated by supporters such as a virtual coaching session with Eilish McColgan herself. During the evening Eilish spoke about the importance of their strong family bond, advocating for the essential family support Action for Children provided to over 36,000 children, young people and families in Scotland last year.

She said: “Family has been so important to my achievements on and off the track. “Throughout my career my mum and my partner Michael have been essential in handling the physical and emotional pressure of performing in elite sport, so it’s a very meaningful moment to be back in Scotland helping raise vital funds for children and families. By building strong family bonds, the love, care and support Action for Children provide will make a huge difference to children and young people from across Scotland and UK.”

Eilish and Liz speak at the event
Eilish and Liz speak at the event -Credit:Action for Children

During the live Q&A hosted by TV presenter David Tanner, Eilish shared insights into her upcoming Paris Olympics performance in July, admitting she had a one day break from her intense training to attend the charity event.

Speaking about the upcoming Paris Olympics performance, Liz, who is also Eilish’s coach said: “It’s such a proud and nerve wracking moment every time I get the chance to see Eilish compete – two emotions mums know very well. But the stress and difficult choices parents face when they experience financial hardship is truly devastating, and I’m really pleased we were able to support and try make a difference.”

Now celebrating its 20 th anniversary, the Action for Children Sports Dinner, sponsored by technology company KubeNet has previously welcomed a range of sporting talent including Paula Radcliffe MBE, Dame Kelly Holmes, David Haye, Greg Rusedksi and Joe Calzaghe.

Speaking last night, Fiona Steel, National Director for Scotland at Action for Children, added: “The McColgans are a truly extraordinary family. Through their determination Liz and Eilish have each in their own right achieved a remarkable rise to sporting success, and it was a privilege to welcome them to our annual Sports Dinner.

“It was heartening to hear the importance of family to them, and the integral role it plays to managing the emotional pressure of being an elite athlete. We know too many families in Scotland don’t receive the essential love and support to create strong positive family bonds, so all the money raised tonight will go to support Action for Children’s work delivering more safe and happy childhoods.”

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