Chairman presents £2,500 donation to Cancer Research UK

Shropshire County Cricket Club chairman Toby Shaw has presented Cancer Research UK with a cheque for £2,500.

The money was raised at the club's annual ResourceBank Challenge hospitality day at Wrekin College in July which was supported by 600 people.

Shropshire CCC chairman Toby Shaw and president Bryan Foulkes handed over the money to Paddy Willis, the local representative for Cancer Research, at Shrewsbury Cricket Club earlier this week.

Mr Shaw said: “We're delighted that we had such a successful hospitality day and were able to raise these sorts of funds to contribute to such a worthy cause as Cancer Research.

“From a financial perspective, it was probably our most successful event, but equally it reflects just how popular the event has become. We had 600 people there which was very pleasing.

“We make a donation from the proceeds to a different charity every year and in the past have been pleased to support Shropshire Air Ambulance and the Severn Hospice.


“We'll now look forward to raising some more money again next year for another Shropshire charity.”

A waterlogged pitch meant no cricket was actually possible at this year's hospitality day but the event was still an outstanding success.

Players from the two sides who had been due to face each other, Shropshire and a star-studded Invitation XI, instead joined guests in the marquee on the boundary edge. 
A question and answer session with former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon and ex-Worcestershire captain Ben Smith was another highlight of the day.

Mr Foulkes, the county president, added: “I've been associated with the county club for a long, long time.

“I've seen us go through thin times but thanks to people like Toby we're now much more solvent and that enables us to make donations like this to such wonderful charities.”
Miss Willis, representing Cancer Research UK, was delighted to receive the invitation to collect the cheque and expressed her gratitude to Shropshire County Cricket Club.

She said: “It's a magnificent cheque from the cricket club and Cancer Research is very grateful.”

PICTURED: Shropshire County Cricket Club chairman Toby Shaw, left, and president Bryan Foulkes present a cheque for £2,500 to Paddy Willis, local representative for Cancer Research UK.


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