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Challenge ends with £1,000 raised for charity

Members of Long Melford Cricket Club have completed their campaign to test their fitness levels and at the same time raise money for charity.

A total of 35 avid cricketers aged from 70 to six took part in the 2020 Mile Members Challenge in aid of the My WiSH Charity raising a total of £885 which along with Gift Aid support should raise it to £1,000.

Players and supporters cycled, walked and ran to complete 2020 miles: the distance from Suffolk to Bratislava in Slovakia and back. The 61-day challenge began at the start of May and ran until the end of June with them exceeding their distance totalling up 7,186 miles.

The money will go to the charity, which supports the work of the West Suffolk Hospital, and is targeted at its Help Your NHS Hospital Covid-19 appeal aimed at supporting patients and also the staff at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds during the pandemic.

The club has 110 members who play in Division 3 and 7 of the Suffolk and Essex Two Counties League, Division 1 and 3 of the Hunts County League, along with Under 15s and Under 13s sides plus the Academy which is for youngsters from five-years-old to 13 and is currently waiting guidance from the government when they can start playing again.

Jason Wade, the club chairman, said it is hoped they can begin friendly games later this month with maybe the chance to get a half a season played for their Sunday teams.

Stuart Carpenter, who is on his 70s, was the eldest person to take part in the challenge with six-year-old Leyton Hoadley, the youngest. Matt Hoadley walked the most miles and Dave Routledge cycled the most miles.

Jason said: “Feedback from members said that it got them in a good frame of mind and some of them even benefitted from losing some weight.

“It was good fun and it got people off their bottoms and there were some who took part who I never thought I would see taking part. It was a good bit of activity for us and I am very happy with the outcome and some have even asked when are we doing it next year.

“We have got a good core of members who get up to good things for us to get out and do something in their own little way.”

He said the club, which has its headquarters at Meeting Fields, in Long Melford, regularly raises money for charity and thought of the 2020 idea as it ties in with the short game and this year.

Sally Daniels, appeal manager, said “It’s great to hear that fundraising for their local hospital also helped the club members just as much. Lockdown has been so hard for local clubs and teams and working together like this has been a life line for many and helped them to regain some of their team spirit which is just brilliant. Thanks to everyone for their hard work”

Written by Russell Cook


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