Greg Rutherford named Localgiving.com Ambassador

Charity fundraising website Localgiving.com has announced Olympic Gold medallist Greg Rutherford as its new Ambassador.

Away from the sand pit, Olympian Greg Rutherford shows his talent as a comic actor in a video launching his Localgiving.com ambassadorship. Greg, who took gold in the Long Jump event on Super Saturday at London 2012, is embracing Localgiving.com and lending his support to the charities and groups strengthening our communities.

To launch his ambassadorship, Greg has taken part in a humorous video of him visiting his old primary school in Milton Keynes, showing more interest in lucrative sponsorship deals and conning children out of their lunch money than supporting the local charities and community groups at the heart of Localgiving.com.

Speaking of his support for Localgiving.com, Greg comments, ‘Growing up in Milton Keynes, I spent most of my time outside playing sports and games with my friends. Today, that sense of community is missing. I got involved with Localgiving.com because they’re trying to bring the community back to UK neighbourhoods.’

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Rutherford reached the final with a jump of 8.08 m, qualifying in fourth place. In the final, he took the lead in the second round with a jump of 8.21 m, improving to 8.31 m in the fourth round which proved to be the winning jump.

Rutherford became the second British man to win Olympic gold in the long jump and the first to do so since Lynn Davies in 1964. Although his winning distance of 8.31 m was the shortest since 1972, it was 15 cm ahead of silver medallist Mitchell Watt and his second-best jump of 8.21 m would also have been enough to win the gold. Rutherford’s gold was one of three won by British track and field athletes on the evening of 4 August 2012 (the others were won by Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon and Mo Farah in the men’s 10,000 m); this was the first time that three gold medals had been won by British athletes in the same Olympic athletics session.

Following his gold medal Rutherford (as with the other British 2012 Olympic champions) was featured on a Royal Mail postage stamp, and two post boxes in Milton Keynes were painted gold in his honour.

Localgiving.com is a not-for-profit organisation helping small, local charities and community groups to reach more supporters, raise more money and help more people.

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