Charity cricket clash raises £6,200

Celebrity guests join SIG and Horbury representatives to present cheque to Cancer Research UK
Celebrity guests join SIG and Horbury representatives to present cheque to Cancer Research UK

A charity cricket match organised by Sheffield-based specialist construction products supplier SIG raised a remarkable £6,200 for Cancer Research UK.

The charity match pitted SIG cricketers against a team from one of its biggest customers, Horbury Building Systems, with local sports reporter Seth Bennett and former Sheffield Wednesday star David Hirst joining SIG and Horbury’s teams, respectively. Cricket legend Dickie Bird also attended the event to host a Dine with Dickie charity meal and, through his own charity the Dickie Bird Foundation, provided two qualified umpires.

Horbury emerged victorious after the hard-fought match at the Abbeydale Sports Club in Dore, but both teams were thrilled and very proud to have raised such a significant donation for Cancer Research, said SIG’s event organiser Garry Johnson.

“We may have lost the game but we are absolutely delighted with how the day turned out and the incredible amount of money that we have raised for Cancer Research,” Johnson said after the match.

“We would like to thank the teams, the celebrity guests, our generous sponsors, families, friends and everyone who contributed in various ways to the day and to the fundraising – it has been a huge success all round, and we are very grateful for all of your contributions.”

Representatives from SIG and Horbury presented Cancer Research UK’s representative, Carole Ibbotson, with a cheque for £6,200 at the end of the day [pictured]. She said: “On behalf of Cancer Research UK I would like to thank SIG, Horbury and their sponsors for this very generous donation. It is great to see companies working together to find new and exciting ways to raise money for charity, and we are very grateful for their efforts.”