Lord's Taverners celebrate providing 9.4 million sporting chances for young people in 2015
The Lord’s Taverners and Lady Taverners held their respective annual Christmas fundraising lunches yesterday to celebrate the achievements of the charity this year, where it was revealed that fundraising efforts have helped to provide 9.4 million sporting chances for disadvantaged and disabled young people throughout the UK in 2015.
Guests at the two events, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel and the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London, were joined by celebrities including ‘The Great British Bake Off’ host Mary Berry, BBC Radio 1 Presenter Greg James, former England cricket captain Mike Gatting and comedian Romesh Ranganathan, with £190,000 raised for the charity from the lunches.
The Lord’s Taverners lunch, sponsored by Sky Sports, featured a panel of Sky Sports experts including former England Cricket Captain Mike Atherton, England Rugby World Cup Rugby winner Will Greenwood and Soccer Saturday pundit Chris Kamara.
The Lady Taverners lunch included an interview with Mary Berry by Judith Chalmers, as well as entertainment from comedian, actress and novelist Jenny Eclair.
The lunches looked back on a successful year, including the inaugural Sporting Chance Awards, which celebrated the achievements of young people in disability and mainstream sports. As well as the introduction of the new Lord’s Taverners President Sir Michael Parkinson, highlights included his interview with England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham and the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge which raised over £200,000 for the Lord’s Taverners as well as other beneficiaries.
Rounding up the year on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners, President Sir Michael Parkinson said: “It’s been an honour to be president in 2015. As a cricket fan, to witness our Disability Cricket Championships first hand and see how we bring cricket to young people regardless of ability or background was brilliant, and being present at our first ever Sporting Chance Awards at Mansion House, where I was lucky enough to meet so many inspirational people, was another highlight. We have helped to create 9.4 million sporting chances in 2015 and I hope that number continues to rise during my second year as President.”
Mary Berry, speaking at the Lady Taverners Lunch commented: “I am delighted to be here for the Lady Taverners Christmas Lunch, helping to raise money for a wonderful cause. There is no doubt that disadvantaged and disabled young people can benefit greatly from the support the Lady Taverners provide and I’m very happy to have helped the charity raise funds today which will help give more young people a sporting chance”.
The Lord’s Taverners this year helped to provide 9.4 million sporting chances for disadvantaged and disabled young people:
· 114,265 - Sporting Chances through community and disability cricket programmes
· 96,720 - Sporting Chances through girls’ cricket
· 4,922,100 - Sporting Chances through equipment & facilities
· 62,219 - Sporting Chances through wheelchair sports
· 1,869,600 - Sporting Chances through specially adapted minibuses
· 2,363,600 - Sporting Chances through disability play spaces