Lancashire County Cricket Club Painted the Roses Red!
The official charity and community arm of Lancashire County Cricket Club the LCCC Foundation painted the roses red at a party that got curiouser and curiouser….. The Point was transformed into a Mad Batters Tea Party for the Foundations’ Inaugural Gala Ball.
Supported by ISG, Jack Livingstone Charitable Trust, Mather & Co, MCL, Springbank Flowers, Tesco and True North the event attracted 370 guests including the LCCC First Team who all arrived at The Point to be greeted by the Mad Hatter himself and heckled by the Queen of Hearts.
Guests were then treated to entertainment that left them grinning like a Cheshire Cat from home grown talent The Gramotones, one of the cities hottest new acts, plus the voice Marianne Knight who flew in from Ireland to perform just for the night. The audience were also the first to see a film the Young Trustees – the Young Persons Voice of the Foundation – had been working on over the past few months to highlight the Foundation’s work in the local community. The film features the Foundation Ambassadors, including Jimmy Anderson, Phil Neville, Joe Hart, Mark Chapman, Peter Reid, Alex Winters, Kyle Hogg, Tom Smith, Andy Burnham and Sgt Rick Clement – with music provided by The Courteeners. Catherine Tyldesley also featured during the evening, in her new role as Ambassador for the Foundation.
Along with prizes of tickets for The Ashes, coming to Emirates Old Trafford between the 1st and the 5th August, signed goodies from Foundation Ambassador Joe Hart, guests also had the unique opportunity to purchase a Porsche for 24 hours courtesy of Porsche Centre Bolton.
The event raised over £45,000 to help to support the LCCC Foundation’s work in the community; the Foundation inspires communities through cricket through the development of programmes in education & training, health and well-being, cricket development and heritage, and fundraises to support its development.
Michelle Carney LCCC Foundation’s Director said “I am delighted that our Mad Batters Tea Party was a huge success and raised a lot of much needed funds for the work of the Foundation. We are very grateful to our sponsors and supporters who helped us put on such a fantastic evening and to all of our Ambassadors who continue to support our work out in the community. We were delighted the whole First Team Squad could join us to demonstrate their support for the Foundation and all our guests looked like they thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Here’s to next year!! I’m guessing people will need to be booking their tickets early!”