Charity match in August. Empty your pockets

Patrick’s pleading for money – and what a worthwhile cause it is too. He says:

The Kirby Strollers, a team of overweight, unfit and untalented part-timers captained by myself, will be playing the PG Wodehouse Society at Audley End, a stately home in northwest Essex, to raise money for The Kids Company, a charity that supports abandoned and underprivileged children in South London and tries to give them better things to do with their lives than stabbing each other. A proportion of the money we raise will also go to Ataxia UK, a charity that does research into a neurological disorder.

The Wodehouseans, playing under the name of The Gold Bats (named after one of Wodehouse’s novels), are a fun bunch who have various fixtures against teams like the Sherlock Holmes Society and the Siefried Sassoon Society, playing where possible (and when remembered) under 19th-century rules, with lob bowlers, different LBW laws, five-ball overs and beards an integral part. Above all, the quality of the tea is more important than the quality of the cricket. We’ll be hoping to carry on the tradition on August 12.

Anyone who wants to pop by and watch the game (it starts at 1pm) and throw a few pounds in a bucket is very welcome. The stately home is here: www.english-heritage.org.uk/audleyend

Or, if you can’t attend, I’d be grateful if you could visit our Just Giving website and donate a few shillings. The good thing about donating that way is that we can reclaim Gift Aid at 28p in the pound from the taxman, so a £10 donation would be worth £12.80. The website for that is: http://www.justgiving.com/kirbystrollers

Best wishes and many thanks

Patrick Kidd

The Times,

Be generous, and try to pop along. Sounds like a cracking day out, and is undoubtedly a very fine cause.

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