Perse cricketers prove to be big hitters in charity mission
22 May 2020
Three Perse cricketers helped hit their fundraising target for six when they swung their bats in aid of the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund.
Teddie Clifton, Luke Hogan and Ash Goel (all Year 7) played their part in the Cambridgeshire U12 cricket team’s 12-hour charity bat-athon for the appeal, which provides local community organisations with emergency funding to help with issues arising from Covid-19 affecting the elderly and other vulnerable people.
Each player in the 18-strong squad spent 30 minutes to one hour facing deliveries from family members in their gardens.
The team had originally aimed to raise £1,000, but more than doubled that figure by making £2,140 for the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation’s fund.
Teddie said: “It was a great challenge and I really enjoyed being part of the team again. I faced around 240 balls, so I was quite tired afterwards.
“I am completely amazed with the amount of money raised. People have been so generous because it’s going to a great cause.”
Luke added: “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the bat-athon. It was such a fun way of making money for those who need it. I had great support from my parents and my dog, who ran round collecting the balls up for me, but also from friends, extended family members and my local cricket club who sponsored me.
“We were delighted to have raised more than £2,000. It’s a fabulous amount and we received a lovely note back from the charity director thanking us.”
Ash was also thrilled to be involved in the batting marathon, which had been the idea of his father Vikas.
He said: “It was incredible fun and exciting. It was good to get the whole team involved virtually so we could do something we all loved for a good cause. It feels great that we’ve reached double our target and we thank everyone for their support.”