London Fields Cricket Club's Story
The London Fields Cricket Club holds a yearly tournament to fundraise for St Joseph’s Hospice; in 2015 they raised an amazing £855.90!
Mark Holden, a member of the club, shares his story and hopes to inspire more people to hold sporting fundraising events:
London Fields Cricket Club has existed in various guises as a pub team playing on London Fields for over 30 years. For the past 7 years we've made our annual six-a-side tournament a highlight of our summer fixture list, and the main reason it’s such a highlight is that we run it to raise money for St Joseph's Hospice.
We've been part of the local community for a number of years and we decided we wanted to give back in a real and ongoing way. St Joseph's is an amazing pillar of Hackney life. We have huge respect for the work that the hospice does and want to be able to raise as much as we can every year - of course it helps that we have fun playing cricket along the way!
We typically invite 6 other teams to participate in the tournament, many of whom also have local links, so on the day we usually have around 50 players involved in both the cricket and fundraising. Aside from the generous match fee contribution that all teams make, we run a raffle on the park on the day, and sell drinks and food to the friends and families of the players who come along to support them. We've also been well supported by local Hackney businesses that generously donate raffle prizes and food and drink for the day.
It's always an immensely enjoyable day, not just because of the exciting kind of cricket you get in a six-a-side tournament, but mainly because we have the opportunity to do something for St Joseph's. We're happy to say that LFCC emerged victorious in this year's tournament, and even happier to report that we had another great year's fundraising. We look forward to doing it for many more years to come!