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Lord’s Taverners given cash injection

Matthew Patten, Chris Tarrant & David Collier

ECB chief executive David Collier,right, presents a cheque to Lord’s Taverners CEO Matthew Patten and Chris Tarrant

Four times Olympic gold medallist rower Sir Matthew Pinsent was the star attraction at this year’s Lord’s Taverners Christmas lunch, as ECB chief executive David Collier presented the youth cricket and disability sports charity with a cheque for £440,000.

Pinsent’s special appearance, with gold medals in hand, was greeted with rapturous applause by 1,200 guests in the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and helped raise £150,000 for the Lord’s Taverners.

Lord’s Taverners president Barry Norman opened proceedings with a Q&A session before young GB wheelchair basketball player Richard Sergeant, a recently-appointed Taverners sports ambassador, said grace.

During a busy afternoon of activity, representatives of LV=, sponsors of the SOS Kit Aid cricket and rugby kit recycling initiative, were on hand to present the 20,000th piece of kit to Cathy Gillespie, head teacher of Stewart Headlam Primary School in Stepney, London.

Auctioneer extraordinaire TV’s Charlie Ross conducted an amazing auction that raised over £100,000 before comedian Simon Evans brought the house down to finish proceedings.

The Lord's Taverners would like to thank all of their members, supporters and their guests for helping change the lives of disadvantaged or disabled youngsters across the UK.