Eva Daly, 28, is a case worker with the Bristol-based charity, Unseen, which benefits from money raised by Sport Relief and provides vital support and safe spaces for those attempting to flee trafficking and modern slavery.
To recognise and celebrate Eva’s passion and dedication to making a difference in her community, she has been nominated to carry The Queen’s Baton as it travels through England this summer ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Eva will be carrying the Baton through Bristol on Tuesday 5 July.
On being invited to join the Relay, Eva said: “I didn’t tell anyone at first, I couldn’t quite believe it. You don’t get many opportunities like this in life so I’m going to throw myself into it. It’s so nice for people to have said such nice things about me and the work I do, but I really don’t stand out any more than the rest of the team here at Unseen, they’re all amazing! I’ll certainly be thinking of the whole team and all the people we’ve worked with when I’m running with the Baton.”
Unseen run a Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline that has helped thousands of people in difficult situations across the UK. The 24-hour helpline also provides grassroots data that helps governments, and organisations with their anti-slavery strategies, an initiative that was supported by Sport Relief donations.
Having been on a 294-day journey, visiting all nations and territories of the Commonwealth, the Baton will be touring the host nation for a tour of England, finishing in the host city of Birmingham, where it will take a central role in the Opening Ceremony on 28 July 2022. Samir Patel, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, says: “It’s a huge honour for Eva to be part of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay and we are so proud of her. This Relay not only marks the start of an incredible summer of sport, it is also an example of how sport has the power to unite and connect people across the UK and the globe.
“It is fantastic that Sport Relief is a charity partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Together, with the help of the amazing British public, we’re hoping to raise life-changing funds to tackle inequality, improve mental health and help young people to survive and thrive.”
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About Sport Relief Sport Relief is a year-round fundraising campaign run by the charity, Comic Relief.
Sport Relief harnesses the power of sport and entertainment to bring people together across the UK, to get active, have fun and raise life-changing funds. Since launching in 2002, Sport Relief has raised £419 million so far, thanks to the generous British public, and supported millions of lives in the UK and around the world.
This year, Sport Relief is teaming up with United By 2022 and the Commonwealth Sport Foundation to celebrate an incredible summer of sport as the official charity partners of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Together we hope to inspire the nation through a shared love of sport, to use this momentous sporting event as an opportunity to raise money to change lives for the better. The partnership aims to raise money to take on important issues, including tackling inequality, improving mental health and helping young people to survive and thrive in Birmingham, across the UK, around the Commonwealth and beyond.
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief. For more information about Sport Relief, please visit https://www.comicrelief.com/sportrelief
About Comic Relief Comic Relief raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world. Through humour and stories of hope, we have shown that people can make a massive difference.
Comic Relief believes that those who are closest to the issues have the best solutions, and so works with organisations and people with direct experience of these challenges. We fund hundreds of amazing organisations who support the most vulnerable people and communities in society. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or who have been forced to flee their homes, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with mental health problems.
For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com
Comic Relief, which is the operating name of Charity Projects, is a registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).