Howzat? Wokingham funeral director adds support to charity cricket match and fun day in Yateley

Bats, balls and bouncy castles are promised to visitors to a special charity cricket match taking place later this month.

It’s part of a family fun day that will be held on Sunday, July 14 in Yateley.

It is being organised by nearby branches of The Co-operative Funeralcare and associated funeral directors as a way of bringing people together from the community.

The event will bring together local faith groups, Thames Valley Police, Yateley Cricket Club, Frimley Health Charity and Yateley’s Deputy Town Mayor Greg Easterbrook.

And the event has a heart: it will raise money for Frimley Health Stroke Appeal and DrugFAM.

Activities will include a barbecue and food stalls including ice cream and cakes, a bouncy castle, face painting and other family games with 20% of profits being donated to charity.

A raffle and silent auction will see a range of prizes up for grabs including a Lenovo 7 in tablet, a NOW TV Smart Stick, a bottle of Bushmills scotch commemorating the concord, a round of golf for four at Billingbear Park Golf Course, and pet photography session with Helen Beech Photography.

Jarrod Turner​, Team Leader at The Co-operative Funeralcare, said: “When we first came up with the idea of holding a cricket match, we were picturing a small gathering of people from across the area. But there are so many people in our community that wanted to help that it has grown into a day with activities for everyone.

“I am really pleased that it will also be fundraising for two local charities. Frimley Health’s appeal to build a unit which can be used by patients and their families is particularly close to me as my mum had a stroke 20 years ago now and I saw what rehab she had to go through.

“I dare say there will a lot of people at the event who have been affected by strokes as it is quite common.

“My Mum was decorating her house and she collapsed. She died three times on the operating table. She had to give up work but over time she has recovered and now only has a slight slur in her speech. A lot of her recovery is down to the support she had through rehabilitation.”

The charity cricket match and family fun day takes place from 9.30am at Sean Devereux Park in Yateley. The prize giving will be held from 4-5pm.

Local funeral directors supporting the event including Camberley and District Funeral Directors, JB Hall in Wokingham, Lines Bannister in Ascot, and The Co-operative Funeralcare in Farnborough, Fleet, Ashvale, Bracknell and Frimley Green.

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