Club President Lady Rose Kingsdown handed the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust a cheque for close to £2,000 when the Kent Spitfires took on Lancashire Lightning at the St Lawrence Ground on Saturday in the Royal London One-Day Cup competition.
The cheque for £1,968 was the result of generous support for the Trust by both Kent County Cricket Club and sponsors Shepherd Neame.
Shepherd Neame gave up one of its positions on the club’s T20 Blast shirt to allow the Trust’s name to be featured on one of the collars – and the club then made a donation from the sale of each shirt to Trust funds.
Members of the public who bought the popular shirt on line were also invited to make a further donation to the Trust, which runs the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne.
Saturday’s match against Lancashire Lightning was also earmarked as an opportunity for fund-raising on behalf of the charity. Volunteers ran a merchandise stand and collected money from spectators during the interval, raising a further £900 and taking the day’s total almost £3,000.
“This is the third year that we have been invited to raise money for the National Memorial during one of the season’s fixtures and we are delighted with the support shown by both the cricket club and by Shepherd Neame,” commented Trust chairman Richard Hunting CBE.
Trust President Sir Michael Graydon received the cheque from Lady Kingsdown, accompanied by Trust secretary Patrick Tootal and Kent Cricket’s Chief Executive Jamie Clifford – all pictured below.