Charity raffles at Sidmouth county matches raise £1,300 in 2018

Left to right are David Fursdon, Andrew Moulding and Trish Ford pulling out the prize winners for the last draw of the season at Sidmouth CC

CRICKET lovers supported local charities every time Devon played a county game at Sidmouth in the season just ended.

For the last three summers county officials and charity volunteers have been manning a stand by the entrance to the ground selling raffle tickets.

The four county games played at Sidmouth this summer have raised more than £1300 – taking the grand total to around £3,000.

The money has been disbursed to a number of charities in the Sid Valley, among them the Admiral Nurse Appeal and the Sid Valley Memory Café as well as the David Shepherd Cricket Trust.

Adrian Ford from the appeal said Devon should be applauded for their community spiritedness.

“We really appreciate the on-going support that we receive from Devon County Cricket,” said Ford.

“In addition to raising funds for our Admiral Nurse Campaign, it also helps us to keep the campaign in the public eye and remind everyone that we need to continue raising £50,000 every year to fund an Admiral Nurse here in the Sid Valley.”

When Devon played Dorset at Sidmouth in their final home game the raffle raised around £240.

The prize draw was made by Andrew Moulding, the chairman of East Devon District Council and a well-known cricket lover, assisted by Devon CCC patron David Fursdon and Trish Ford from the Admiral Nurse Appeal.