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Royal Approval For Lord's Taverners Milestone

The Duke of Edinburgh with Lord's Taverners & Fields in Trust representatives
Left to right: Paul Robin (LT CEO), Chris Cowdrey (LT President), the Duke of Edinburgh, Tim Phillips CBE (FIT chairman), Tom Rodwell (LT Chairman) and Helen Griffiths (FIT CEO).
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His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has celebrated the work of the Lord's Taverners and Fields in Trust with a special reception at St. James' Palace.

The Lord's Taverners has now donated more than £1 million to Fields in Trust, the only national charity which secures and improves outdoor spaces for sport and recreation.

For 64 years the two charities have worked together, following a suggestion by the Duke, to support and develop grass roots cricket in UK communities.

The support of the Lord's Taverners has enabled Fields in Trust to give community groups and sports clubs the opportunity to own and protect their land and invest in equipment.

The Duke has been President of Fields in Trust for more than 64 years and the Lord's Taverner's Patron and 'Twelfth Man' since it was founded in 1950.

His suggestion that the two work together has resulted in a shared vision to give younger people better access to sport and recreation.

In 2013, the Lord's Taverners helped get more than 180,000 disabled and disadvantaged young people people actively playing sport, while Fields in Trust has now permanently protected more than 3,000 spaces in the UK.

"This reception is a chance to reflect on the wonderful relationship formed between Fields in Trust and Lord’s Taverners 64 years ago and to thank HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for his pivotal role in this," Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said.

"We are grateful to the Taverners for their generosity and delighted to be celebrating this moment with them.

"We look forward to continuing our successful partnership ensuring young people across the country can enjoy access to outdoor space for sport and recreation."

And Paul Robin, Chief Executive of Lord’s Taverners, added: "When Lord’s Taverners was founded in 1950 on a sunny day at Lord’s, Fields in Trust was our first beneficiary and I’m delighted that throughout our 64-year history we’ve continued to support its fine work.

"I’m delighted to be recognising its achievements – and our partnership – by way of this celebration and I would like to thank all within the Royal Household for their tireless support of both charities."

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