Cricket club gets vote for £500 funding boost
A CRICKET club has received funding after gaining online votes to decide which good causes should receive free cash.
The Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving project appealed for online votes and 27,000 people nominated their chosen projects. Of the 161 winning groups, Chesham Cricket Club gained enough of the votes to receive £500 funding.
Skipton Building Society’s Chesham branch manager Sarah Daniels said: “We love being able to help small, self-funded groups and give them the boost they both need and deserve. It is inspiring to see so many brilliant local community and voluntary groups working hard to improve our local community and it is with great pleasure that we are able to help them continue their work.
“Typically, these grassroots groups struggle to secure vital funding due to their size, and this is something we wanted to change when we launched this pioneering initiative.
“We now look forward to hearing how this funding has impacted on the groups and seeing them flourish as the jewels in the crown of their communities.”
Chesham Cricket Club is one of the largest sports clubs in the area with seven senior men’s teams, a women’s team and several junior teams for boys and girls. The club provides a fun and friendly place to learn new cricket skills and interact with others, boosting community spirit in the area.
In 2011, the club’s pavilion was destroyed and for the past three seasons they have had to use temporary buildings.
Although the group have raised money to rebuild this pavilion, they do not have the funds to kit it out with all the necessary equipment. The £500 from Skipton will be used to purchase new equipment for their new pavilion.