The Duke of Edinburgh celebrates £1 million milestone with Lord's Taverners and Fields in Trust

19th Mar 2014
The Duke of Edinburgh celebrates £1 million milestone with Lord's Taverners and Fields in Trust

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception at St James’s Palace yesterday to celebrate support from Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, to Fields in Trust, the only national charity securing and improving outdoor spaces for sport and recreation, hitting an astonishing £1million.

The relationship between the two charities started at the suggestion of Tthe Duke and for 64 years they have worked together to support and develop grassroots cricket in communities across the UK. Lord’s Taverners £1million support of Fields in Trust over the years has helped community groups and sports clubs to own and protect their land and invest in their equipment.

The Duke has a long history with both charities, having been President of Fields in Trust for 64 years and the Lord’s Taverners Patron and ‘Twelfth Man’ since it was founded in 1950. His recommendation that the first Lord’s Taverners donation be made to Fields in Trust (then the National Playing Fields Association) started an enduring partnership which has strengthened cricket resources in this country.

Lord’s Taverners and Fields in Trust have a shared vision of giving young people better access to sport and recreation. In 2013, Lord’s Taverners helped to get more than 180,000 disadvantaged and disabled young people active in sport, while Fields in Trust has permanently protected nearly 3,000 spaces across the UK.

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, commented: “This reception is a chance to reflect on the wonderful relationship formed between Fields in Trust and Lord’s Taverners 64 years ago and to thank HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for his pivotal role in this. We are grateful to the Taverners for their generosity and delighted to be celebrating this moment with them. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership ensuring young people across the country can enjoy access to outdoor space for sport and recreation”

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of Lord’s Taverners, added: “When Lord’s Taverners was founded in 1950 on a sunny day at Lord’s, Fields in Trust was our first beneficiary and I’m delighted that throughout our 64-year history we’ve continued to support its fine work. I’m delighted to be recognising its achievements – and our partnership – by way of this celebration and I would like to thank all within the Royal Household for their tireless support of both charities.”

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