8:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013
By Hayley Mortimer
CRICKETERS trying to stump up funds to buy their club grounds are celebrating after their appeal hit the halfway point.
Supporters of Sheepscombe Cricket Club ran a marathon fundraising event to aid their £25,000 appeal.
A weekend sportathon, including breakfasts and a barbecue, raised more than £1,000 taking the appeal to £12,500.
The club is collecting the cash to buy the historic Laurie Lee playing field from the estate of the late author.
Lee was a keen supporter of the club and his uncles played regularly for it.
Club chairman Elisabeth Skinner said: "The field is a wonderful facility not just for the cricket club but for the wider community.
"It is a much valued resource for the school and we desperately want to secure the ground to help the up and coming young players flourish."
The fundraising event also saw president of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club John Light appointed as patron of the Stump Up For Sheepscombe appeal.
Mr Light, an SNJ sports columnist and grandson of Laurie Lee’s uncle Charlie, has devoted much of his life to the cricketing world.
"Cricket is a fantastic sport for all ages and it’s a sad fact of life that some smaller clubs have to work extra hard in order to survive," he said.
"I hope that I’ll be able to support Sheepscombe in any way possible and help them achieve their fundraising target."
Mrs Skinner said his acceptance of the role of patron is a fantastic boost for the appeal.
"John is so well known in the cricketing and sporting communities of Gloucestershire and has a wealth of experience and knowledge that will greatly benefit our appeal," she said.
To donate contact Elisabeth Skinner on 01452 812747.
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