The Lord's Taverners held their annual end-of-year dinner in London earlier this week, celebrating a landmark year in which they gave more than 180,000 children a sporting opportunity.
At the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the Lord's Taverners were presented with a £200,000 cheque from the England & Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT), a donation which will be used to fund non-turf pitches and cricket bags for 2014, helping to improve equipment and facilities used by cricketers under the age of 16 throughout the UK.
Former England captain Mike Gatting, Essex and England all-rounder Ronnie Irani and ex-England rugby player Martin Bayfield were all present as the event looked back on a hugely important and successful year.
2013 saw the launch of Cricket United, the UK's first ever joint cricket charity initiative which raised more than £45,000 at The Oval during the fifth Ashes Test.
The Legendary Test Captains Dinner brought together over 20 of the biggest names in cricket including Sir Vivian Richards, Richie Benaud and Sir Garfield Sobers, also raising more than £140,000.
During the year, more than 14,500 disabled children benefited from funding of sensory equipment with 2,000 youngsters playing in the Lord's Taverners Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia competitions.
"The England and Wales Cricket Trust are delighted to donate a further £200,000 to The Lord's Taverners for charitable work in 2014," ECB Chief Executive David Collier said.
"Both the Trust and ECB share The Lord's Taverners’ vision that sport can change young peoples' lives. This donation will develop strong links that support the disadvantaged and disability programmes in the coming year."
Rounding up the year on behalf of The Lord’s Taverners, President Chris Cowdrey said: "The Lord's Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, particularly those with special needs.
"Our annual Christmas lunch tops off what has been another fantastic year for the charity and we look forward to more fundraising and giving even more young people a sporting chance in 2014."
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