Chelston and Kingskerswell CC – Winner
MORE than 50 Custom-made shirts bearing the club badge and the message 'Thank You NHS' shirts were snapped up and the £250 raised forwarded to the palliative care team at Torbay Hospital.
Chairman Mark Faulkner - “There has been a lot of pressure on the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis and we wanted to do something practical to show our support.
“As a club we try to put something back into our local community every year, such as raising money for Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay.
“Club members could not get their hands in their pockets quickly enough to support this very worthy cause.
“We advertised the shirts through social media in Kingskerswell and thanks to the villagers we sold out.
As well as their NHS t-shirt effort the club were prolific on social media through the lockdown period. Using their Facebook page they put out regular interactive content for their followers including polls on ‘all time world XI’ and ‘world cup of cricket teas’, quizzes and meet the players.
Furthermore the club embarked on a ‘virtual tour’ of the counties cricket grounds with members clocking up miles by walking, running and cycling and donating to the club survival fund in the process.
Runners-up – Ipplepen CC
Ipplepen cricket club went above and beyond to ensure their first junior session could still happen in a virtual capacity. The hosted a launch night on Facebook live with quizzes, interviews with former players, a pad up challenge and advice for parents and youngsters to keep up with their cricket at home.
The club connected with their local community by encouraging people to take part in their ‘busy bunting challenge’. The challenge was to create 1 metre bunting to hang along the roadside wall of the cricket ground. Heartfelt messages were shared with the local community and it made a great visual site for passers by.