Yankee Wanderers raise £100,000 for young people with disabilities
A star-studded Lord’s Taverners XI lined up against the Yankee Wanderers XI at Oxted & Limpsfield CC, Surrey, on Tuesday 14 July. Ahead of the second Investec Ashes Test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Taverners XI side boasted an Ashes-winning captain and coach in Mike Gatting and Andy Flower respectively on a day that raised £100,000 for the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, the Lord’s Taverners.
The Ashes heroes mad up just part of a strong line up which also includes current Sussex CCC T20 opening batsman, Chris Nash. Other former England internationals included Andy Caddick and Mark Alleyne, who lined up alongside non-cricketing celebrities Phil Spencer (TV’s Location Location Location) and former Chelsea footballer David Lee.
Yankee Wanderers, captained by Michael Greathead of Houston, Texas, is made up of philanthropic cricket lovers from all around the world, with a strong connection to the United States. Funds raised by the day have provided new accessible Lord’s Taverners minibuses for two special educational needs organisations in Surrey – the Orpheus Centre (Godstone) and Portesbury School (Camberley) – and 20 new Lord’s Taverners RGK sports wheelchairs to enable young people with disabilities to enjoy sporting opportunities.
Ten young wheelchair basketballers will receive a new sports wheelchairs, including James Paterson and Harvey Zahab who play for the Richmond Knights and London All Stars and Peter Smorthit who plays for Hackney Sparrows WBC, while wheelchair basketball clubs, Brixton Ballers and York WBC, each received five wheelchairs to increase youth participation.
London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist, Mickey Bushell, also benefited from the fundraising, with the Yankee Wanderers funding a new hand cycle to give his training a boost ahead of Rio 2016. Mickey shared stories of his wheelchair racing career with guests, who also got a chance to hold his Paralympic god medal, before Mike Gatting answered questions about England’s Ashes prospects.
Full match report to follow.