An event starring one of cricket’s most famous voices and a current England star has raised more than £12,000 for an appeal supporting the NSPCC’s vital work in Nottingham.
BBC commentator Jonathan Agnew MBE led ‘An Evening with Aggers’ at Trent Bridge in Nottingham in aid of the Jenny Farr Diamond Appeal, supporting the work of the city’s NSPCC Service Centre.
He was joined by a local hero, current England international and Nottinghamshire bowler Stuart Broad, for an entertaining night full of anecdotes from both stars’ glittering careers.
‘Aggers’ and Stuart are both backing the Diamond Appeal, which is celebrating Jenny Farr MBE’s 60 years of fundraising for the NSPCC, during which time £10 million has been raised to ensure children in Nottingham can access vital services at the charity’s Nottingham base, Jenny Farr House.
An auction for a day in the Test Match Special commentary box at a future match was won by two people who bid £2,500 each. Only one place was supposed to be available, but ‘Aggers’ generously offered the prize to both leading bidders.
15 mini cricket bats signed by the two stars were also raffled off, raising £1,175.
“It was a pleasure to take part in this fantastic event which has raised such an impressive total for a vital cause.
“The services the NSPCC provides at Jenny Farr House are so important to the children of Nottingham and I hope this can continue for many years to come.
“A lot of hard work went into staging this event, and I wish the NSPCC team the best of luck with the rest of the Diamond Appeal.”
“The Diamond Appeal has so far received tremendous backing and I am deeply grateful to Jonathan Agnew and Stuart Broad for their support.
“Our dedicated staff worked with 36 adults and 118 children last year and all proceeds from the appeal will ensure vulnerable children in Nottingham will continue to have access to such life-changing services.”
This is just one of a series of events celebrating the Diamond Appeal. An emotional dinner was held at Norwood Park in February in which guest speaker David Tait MBE spoke openly about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child and how he overcame such adversity in adulthood – forging a successful career in the financial services industry and going onto raise millions of pounds for the NSPCC by climbing Mount Everest on six occasions.
The next major event in the appeal is the Diamond Ball at Colwick Hall in Nottingham on October 5. A range of sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses and organisations – contact Lynne Morgan on 0115 965 4745 or visit: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are £75 each.