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Cricket match raises vital funds for Acorns


Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities

Cricket Cricket

Staff from Worcester-based Sanctuary Group went head to head with each other in a game of Twenty20 Cricket to raise vital funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The special encounter, which took place at Rushwick Cricket Club, received fantastic support from staff across the Group and donations helped raise around £2,000 for the Hospice.

Don Barclay’s ‘Bravehearts’ were up against Tareq Jamil’s ‘Tigers’ for the showdown which was attended by Gareth Andrew from Worcestershire County Cricket Club who met the captains at the start and oversaw the coin toss.

The Bravehearts won the toss and batted first, posting a strong total of 99-6. Chris Gardner (33) and Neil Chapman (36) impressed with the bat, while Alex Tyrer took 2-2 with the ball.

In response, the Tigers put on a strong chase with Aman Kaushik scoring an unbeaten 30, however, they could only manage 92-5 from their overs and Barclay’s Bravehearts ran out winners by eight runs.

The game marked the five-year anniversary of the Sanctuary Cricket Club and was part of the Group’s year-long commitment to Acorns as its ‘Charity of the Year’.

Acorns Children’s Hospice offers a network of care and support for life threatened and life limited children, and their families, across the Midlands. Currently looking after nearly 900 families in three hospices around the region – in Worcester, Birmingham and Walsall – it costs over £8million every year for Acorns to run its services, relying on donations and fundraising for the majority of its income.

Neil Hirons, Sanctuary development project finance manager who organised the event, said: “What a fantastic night! We really wanted to start the new cricket season with a bang and what better way to do it than raise so much money for Acorns.

“The support we received for the event from staff and local business shows how much they were behind the idea and next year we plan on going even bigger and better.”


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