Charity cricket festival was a knockout event

Hopton Mills Cricket Club have raised over �2,000 for Kirkwood Hospice through a cricket tournament. 'Pictured L to R) Tom Bell, Jonny Bell, Richard Myers, Paul Moorhouse, Emily Kennedy (Kirkwood Hospice) and Fay Myers.'d316a338
Hopton Mills Cricket Club have raised over �2,000 for Kirkwood Hospice through a cricket tournament. 'Pictured L to R) Tom Bell, Jonny Bell, Richard Myers, Paul Moorhouse, Emily Kennedy (Kirkwood Hospice) and Fay Myers.'d316a338
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More than £2,000 was raised for Kirkwood Hospice at this year’s Woodbottom Festival of Cricket.

Families and supporters lined the pitch at Hopton Mill Cricket Club for the third annual ‘10 over Knockout’ event as Woodbottom, Highburton, Upperthong and Hartshead cricket teams battled it out for the coveted trophy.

With games, stalls, a barbecue and a children’s canvas art competition, the charity fun day raised £2,402.37 towards the £13,000 daily running cost of Kirkwood Hospice. Highburton were crowned winners of the event, which took place on August 25. The Hoppits Hill Races were also run in conjunction with the festival and raised £100 for the hospice.

Kirkwood Hospice fundraiser Emily Kennedy said: “The support of the local community for this event is phenomenal.

“It is fantastic to see an annual event grow year on year. The money raised from the cricket festival will go towards the daily running costs of Kirkwood Hospice.”

Phil Bland, secretary of Hopton Mills Cricket Club added: “We have run the Festival of Cricket for the past three years and each year we’re improving our giving to Kirkwood Hospice, by the hard work and efforts of our members.

“Kirkwood Hospice is close to everybody’s hearts at Hopton Mills Cricket Club and we will continue this annual event to support the hospice for years to come.”