On Sunday I am hosting my annual charity cricket match at Dartford Cricket Club’s Hesketh Park ground.
This year’s event will be a great chance to show off the new cricket pavilion and facilities at the ground, which were finished last year.
It is also a great opportunity for people to come out and support two worthwhile causes. As in previous years all funds raised on the day will go to the Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled and Dartford Cricket Club, to help promote its youth teams.
The Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled carries out fantastic work in our community providing valuable therapy and riding lessons to individuals and special needs schools. Like many charities, as a non-profit organisation which has more than 55 volunteers, it is self-funding and has to raise in excess of £140,000 a year.
On Sunday, the day will start at 9.30am with a series of ‘kwik cricket’ matches, followed by the main event at 1.30pm when Dartford Cricket Club’s first XI team will take on my team.
As well as enjoying the cricket, visitors will have the chance to watch a variety of performances by local groups from 12.30pm including Sly Moves Street Dance, Fleetdown Primary School Signing Choir and Sapphire Dance and Drama Academy.
Throughout the day there will be entertainment for children including a bouncy castle and face painting, as well as a number of charity stalls.
I really look forward to this event and I hope the sun will shine! It is a chance to put politics to one side and for people of all ages to come along, relax and enjoy a day at one of the premier sporting venues in the area whilst at the same time raising money for two excellent organisations.