Lord's Taverners have 9.4 million reasons to celebrate 2015

The Lord's Taverners are celebrating providing 9.4 million sporting chances for disadvantaged and disabled young people in the UK this year.

Fund-raising efforts by the charity were revealed at annual Christmas fund-raising lunches in London yesterday (7th December).

9.4 million sporting chances in 2015

  • 114,265 - Sporting Chances through community and disability cricket programmes
  • 96,720 - Sporting Chances through girls’ cricket
  • 4,922,100 - Sporting Chances through equipment & facilities
  • 62,219 - Sporting Chances through wheelchair sports
  • 1,869,600 - Sporting Chances through specially adapted minibuses
  • 2,363,600 - Sporting Chances through disability play spaces

The Lord’s Taverners provides disadvantaged and disabled young people with the chance to:

  • Access new places and opportunities through the wheelchairs and accessible minibuses
  • Communicate, interact and play in a sensory room or playground
  • Play basketball, boccia and other sports using one of our sports wheelchairs
  • Compete in a range of disability cricket coaching sessions and competitions
  • Participate in our community cricket programme, Wicketz

Guests at the events at the Grosvenor House Hotel and the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel were joined by celebrities Mary Berry, Greg James, Mike Gatting and Romesh Ranganathan and a sum of £190,000 was raised on the evening.

The Lord' Taverners lunch, sponsored by Sky Sports, featured a panel of Sky Sports experts including former England captain Mike Atherton, Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood and Soccer Saturday pundit Chris Kamara.

The Lady Taverners lunch featured an interview with Mary Berry by Judith Chalmers plus entertainment from comedian, actress and novelist Jenny Eclair.

Both lunches reflected a successful year, which saw the inaurugal Sporting Chance awards, celebrating the achievements of young people in disability and mainstream sports.

2015 also saw Michael Parkinson introduced as the new President and more than £200,000 was raised by the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge.

Summing things up, Parkinson said: "It’s been an honour to be president in 2015.

"As a cricket fan, to witness our Disability Cricket Championships first hand and see how we bring cricket to young people regardless of ability or background was brilliant, and being present at our first ever Sporting Chance Awards at Mansion House, where I was lucky enough to meet so many inspirational people, was another highlight.

"We have helped to create 9.4 million sporting chances in 2015 and I hope that number continues to rise during my second year as President."

Berry, speaking at the Lady Taverners dinner, added: "I am delighted to be here for the Lady Taverners Christmas Lunch, helping to raise money for a wonderful cause.

"There is no doubt that disadvantaged and disabled young people can benefit greatly from the support the Lady Taverners provide and I’m very happy to have helped the charity raise funds today which will help give more young people a sporting chance."