MICHAEL Edwards, more famously known as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, visited the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday night, where he entertained guests of Burton Albion Community Trust during a charity fundraiser.
The Cheltenham-born skier, who rose to fame in 1988 when he competed in ski-jumping at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, captured the imagination of the British public in his pursuit of Olympic glory.
And Eddie visited the home of the Brewers to talk about his experiences as an Olympian, whilst sharing the stage with comedian Billy Flywheel, magician Phat Magic and host Mark O’Sullivan.
Organised by Burton Albion Community Trust, the event was set to raise funds for the upcoming volunteering trip to Ghana in April 2019.
“It has been wonderful and it is great to be here”, said Eddie.
“It was a lovely evening and a lovely crowd who were up for fun and enjoyment, and of course raising money for charity too.”
Eddie was familiar with the work that Burton Albion Community Trust will be undertaking when they travel to West Africa in April.
“I did a similar trip around 25 years ago to Kenya. We went to a school and we spent a couple of days developing, building and painting a classroom.
“I’ve done that sort of thing before and you realise just how good things are over here. They are nowhere near as bad as they can be in Africa and you really appreciate what you have got when you get back.”
Head of Community Matt Hancock was amongst those who were delighted to have Eddie the Eagle at the Pirelli Stadium.
“It’s another great turn out and, although tonight is about enjoying the evening with Eddie, Billy and Phat Magic, it is absolutely about raising money for the volunteers going out to Ghana.”
Money raised for the Ghana 2019 trip will also be used to help fund projects within the locality of Burton-on-Trent and East Staffordshire.
“The bit that is really important to me is a good proportion of the money is spent locally.
“Although the volunteers can get the experience and make a difference out in Ghana, we as Burton Albion Community Trust can also deliver projects locally to help local people.”