Denness Luckhurst Foundation helps the Lord's Taverners give even more young people a sporting chance
The families of former Kent and England cricketers, Mike Denness and Brian Luckhurst, have joined forces in their memory to help raise money for the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. After hosting a very successful golf day in September, this week (13 January) saw a cheque for £5,250 presented to the Lord’s Taverners at the Home of Cricket: Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Denness and Luckhurst were renowned for opening the batting together for 14 years at Kent CCC and enjoyed great success in the 1970s. Touched by the legacies of their parents, Lizanne, Jane and Craig Denness, and Tim and Simon Luckhurst, set up the Denness Luckhurst Foundation in memory of the former England batsmen.
The Denness Luckhurst Foundation’s first-ever charity golf event saw 20 teams of four play 18 holes of golf followed by a dinner and charity auction which raised just over £15,000. The Lord’s Taverners is one of the charities supported by the foundation.
Tim Luckhurst, who helped set up the foundation in 2014, said: "It has been so nice to be back at the home of cricket. It brings back so many fond memories of watching my father and Mike play cricket back in the day, making it the perfect place for the foundation to formally hand over the cheques to our charities."
“When I remember my childhood, I recall the times that my father was involved in Lord's Taverners events. So when it was suggested that we should support their great work, it just seemed like a logical choice. The icing on the cake has been having Chris Cowdrey to help guide us and then be our master of ceremonies on the day. Three families synonymous with the great 70's Kent team, working together again.”
Paul Robin, chief executive of the Lord’s Taverners, added: “We are hugely grateful to the Denness Luckhurst Foundation for their donation on the back of a great event, something we look forward to being a part of again in 2015. The money raised through all their hard work will help us to give even more disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.”