An up-and-coming hammer thrower from Cullingworth has received £1,500 sponsorship from a Wilkinson store in Bradford.

Jessica Mayho, who is preparing for the British University Championships and the AAA National Championships this year, received the cash as part of the Rawson Quarter store’s Local Star initiative.

The 20-year-old will use the money to cover coaching costs, travel expenses and physiotherapy.

Jessica said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the sponsorship from Wilko, and every penny will make a difference when it comes to covering the costs of my coach, travel and physio.

“I take my sport very seriously but this often comes at a price, so every bit of support helps.

“My family and friends are always so supportive but it’s comforting to know I’ve got the backing of a local business as well.

“I only hope I can do Bradford proud in my competitions this year.”

The Local Star initiative sponsors individuals from across the country who either have a special talent, are an inspiration to others or help in their local community.

Store manager Julia Smith said: “It’s always inspiring to hear about the amazing talent we have in Bradford, and the Local Stars fund is our way of helping them on their journey, whether it’s volunteer work, sporting activities or nurturing their skills.

“Jessica is a fantastic representative for our city and we hope the sponsorship money goes a long way in helping her.”