Sticky Wicket 2018 raised £50,000 for sport charity Lords Taverners
2018s Sticky Wicket event – known as the fun day for the events industry – raised over £50,000 for disabled sports charity Lords Taverners.
Lords Taverners is the UK’s official charity for recreational cricket, as well as youth and disabled cricket. It’s objective is to ‘give young people a sporting chance’.
The £50,000 raised by this year’s event went to purchasing a specially adapted minibus for Strathmore School in Richmond, a school for learners with complex learning difficulties.
The minibus was delivered on 17 July and the school said it was incredibly grateful. The children will now be able to be brought to school safely and comfortably, as well as go on school trips they otherwise could not.
Gordon Kennedy, president of the Middlesex region for Lord Taverners, said: “This is one of our big events for the year, it raises a huge amount of money for the Taverners. It’s a great day out for the exhibition industry, too – they get to meet each other and chat over dropped catches.”
Sticky Wicket brings together professionals from across the events industry for a day of competitive cricket fun, with fundraising events throughout the day.
The EN/Confex team (pictured) put in a strong performance, finishing as semi-finalists after losing to eventual winners Easyfairs.
After the final match was played, the teams gathered around the tent for drinks, while the hosts delivered the cheque to Easyfairs and announced the winners of a raffle and charity auction.
The after party in the nearby Lord’s Tavern Pub gave everyone plenty of time to chat and network, and to watch England’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia.
Their unfortunate loss meant a second semi-final exit in one day for the EN team, but a good time was had by all and, most importantly, a fantastic sum of money was raised for a great cause.
Sticky Wicket will return in 2019, although dates and times have not yet been set. For more information, visit their website here.