Charities Benefit from WCC Covidfund Over £1000 of the money raised this summer has been donated to good causes.
Picture: Wellington CC Secretary David Ross presents the cheque to Jess Druce of Severn Hospice.
Members of Wellington Cricket Club have dug deep to support two long-standing charity partners this year – despite having found their own finances under strain from the coronavirus pandemic.
The club’s management set itself the task of raising £10,000 this summer after the virus laid waste to the first half of the cricket season, shutting off many of their usual revenue streams. If the ambitious target could be met, they pledged to donate 10% of the total back to charity.
Members, sponsors and local well-wishers got behind what was dubbed the Covidfund and after a raft of donations, and monies raised from online events and other initiatives, the target was reached in early September.
The club has since been able to donate over £500 each to Severn Hospice and Teenage Cancer Trust in line with its pledge. These two chairites are the traditional beneficiaries of the club’s annual Ladies’ Day, which of course could not take place this year.
Club Secretary David Ross said: “We are proud that we have been able to continue to support our long-standing charities this year despite our own financial concerns.”
“This has been a year when the community has really needed to come together. The cricket club has benefitted hugely from the generosity of local people during this period.”
“In turn, we have sought to pay this back by endeavouring to support our charities and raising donations for the Telford Food Bank. It’s been a real club effort.”
Severn Hospice, one of the charities to benefit, cares for thousands of people living with incurable illness in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Mid Wales.
Jess Druce, area fundraiser for the charity, said: “Wow, thanks to everyone at Wellington Cricket Club! What a fantastic surprise to receive just before Christmas.”
“The club’s support is so important to us, now more than ever, and we are so grateful that they thought of us when they were having to fill their own funding gap.”