HEREFORDSHIRE Cricket have been able to give their support to a local charity thanks to the generosity of spectators at a recent big match.

At their annual showcase game between Herefordshire CCC and Worcestershire CCC at

Eastnor earlier in the summer, spectators were invited to make a contribution to charity rather than pay an entrance fee to the match.

And, as a result, Herefordshire Cricket Ltd director Ian Milton was able to hand over a cheque for £500 to Acorns Children’s Hospice’s Mel Hall.

Acorns has three hospices in based Worcester, Birmingham and Walsall and provides vital care and support to life limited children and their families from across the region, including Herefordshire.

“We recently became aware of the amazing work and valuable resources offered by Acorns to families in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and neighbouring counties, which coincided with the opportunity to fundraise for the charity at our showcase match against Worcestershire CCC,” said Mr Milton.

“We are grateful to all the spectators who donated so generously on the

Mel Hall, area fundraiser for Acorns, said: “Huge thanks to everyone who made a donation towards our care during Herefordshire CCC’s annual showcase against Worcestershire CCC.

“This money will help us continue to be there for children and families across the Three Counties when they need us most.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for babies, children and young people with life limiting and life-threatening conditions across the West Midlands, and support for their families.

In the past year, Acorns has cared for more than 700 children and almost 1,000 families, including those from Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

It costs Acorns £27,000 per day to provide its lifeline care and support, the bulk of which comes from fundraising by the local community.

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The Injured Jockeys Fund has received a welcome financial boost after the success of the recent cricket match involving figures from the worlds of cricket and racing at Eastnor.

Around £1,900 was raised from the match in which former England wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes, Herefordshire CCC coach Richard Skyrme and players Barney Morgan and Luke Powell, jockeys Stan Sheppard and Richard Patrick and trainers Michael Scudamore and Tom Lacey were among those taking part.

“We’re very grateful to Venetia Williams and Kim Bailey for providing tours of their stables and to Stan Sheppard and Hollie Doyle for donating colours signed by leading jockeys,” said organiser John Beaman.

“And thank you also to those who attended and supported the auction and draw so generously.”