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Around 210 volunteers helped with £100,000 of improvements to Highway Cricket Club over NatWest CricketForce weekend in April.

The generous workers helped transform the club by refurbishing the changing rooms and bar area, renovating the showers, building a new scorebox, laying a new patio and installing new boundary fencing.

The club's Lee Bennett was staggered with the amount of work that was undertaken in such a short space of time.

Highway CC - NatWest CricketForce 2009 - Jenny Gunn

World Cup winner Jenny Gunn got involved when NatWest CricketForce hit Highway Cricket Club in April

"In total, over the weekend we had approximately 210 separate volunteers - just over 200 on Saturday and then approximately 50 on Sunday.

"We did have a nice story from the weekend. A family who moved here from Zimbabwe just turned up out of the blue after reading about us on the internet. They had no connection with the club but worked solidly from 10am to 3.30pm. When we asked them why they made the effort to travel from Stoke Aldermoor to Tile Hill for a club they knew nothing about, they just said they wanted to help.

"Genuinely, we were overwhelmed by the numbers that turned up. We were planning for 80, hoping for 100, but ended up with over 200."

Highway, who were chosen as an ECB showcase club for NatWest CricketForce, run three senior teams on Saturdays, one midweek senior side and five junior sides at under-nine, under-11, under-13, under-15 and under-16.