Caravan’s Olympians Luncheon has raised a record £265,000 for the grocery charity.

The money raised from the annual lunch, held last week, will allow Caravan to support 210 of its 2,100 beneficiaries for the next 12 months.

A host of sporting stars attended the event, including rower James Cracknell, TV presenter and sports journalist Clare Balding and former snooker player Willie Thorne.

Thorne hosted an auction with lots from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, which a record £51,500, including £30,000 for a trip for four people to Walmart’s annual conference in Bentonville, Arkansas, next summer, which was donated by Asda.

Caravan supports people who have worked or are working in the grocery industry, and have fallen on hard times.

For more information on Caravan, see www.caravan-charity.org.uk.