Denness Luckhurst Foundation Teams Up With Lord's Taverners

Lord's Taverners CEO Paul Robin and President Chris Cowdrey receive a cheque for £5,250 from Tim Luckhurst at Lord's
Lord's Taverners CEO Paul Robin and President Chris Cowdrey receive a cheque for £5,250 from Tim Luckhurst at Lord's
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The families of former Kent and England cricketers Mike Denness and Brian Luckhurst have come together in their memory to raise money for the Lord's Taverners.

A successful golf day was held in September and the families have handed the Lord's Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, a cheque for £5,250 at Lord's.

Denness and Luckhurst opened the batting together at Kent for 14 years and enjoyed enormous success in the 1970s.

Their children Lizanne, Jane and Craig Denness and Tim and Simon Luckhurst set up the foundation to honour the legacy of their parents.

The first ever charity event saw 20 teams of four play 18 holes of golf followed by a dinner and charity auction which raised over £15,000 with the Lord's Taverners one of the charities the foundation supports.

Tim Luckhurst, who helped set the foundation up in 2014 was delighted to make the presentation to the Lord's Taverners at the home of cricket.

"It has been lovely to be back at the home of cricket," he said.

"It brings back so many fond memories of watching my father and Mike play cricket back in the day, making it the perfect place for the foundation to formally hand over the cheques to our chosen charities.

"When I remember my childhood, I recall the times that my father was involved in the Lord's Taverners events.

"So when it was suggested that we should support their great work, it just seemed like a logical choice.

"The icing on the cake has been having Chris Cowdrey to help guide us and then be our master of ceremonies on the day. Three families synonymous with the great 70's Kent team, working together again."

Paul Robin, chief executive of the Lord’s Taverners, added: "We are hugely grateful to the Denness Luckhurst Foundation for their donation on the back of a great event, something we look forward to being a part of again in 2015.

"The money raised through all their hard work will help us to give even more disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance."

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