Volunteering for Shooting Star Chase – Matt’s thoughts
Continuing our pledge that over this year all of us would volunteer one day of our time to a charity or project that we feel passionate about, myself, Hein and James chose to spend our charity day supporting a charity close to our hearts and our office.
Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. They support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care. Their bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. Around 10% of their income comes from government funding, so they rely on supporters’ generosity to keep the service running.
We volunteered to help fundraise at crickets T20 Blast London derby between Middlesex and Surrey at the home of cricket, Lords. Part of a team of 12, after an initial briefing, we collected our bib and buckets and positioned ourselves by the North gate ready to meet the largest crowd to attend a domestic T20 match, over 27,100!
Armed with free giveaways (Middlesex CC hats, boundary cards, lanyards and inflatable bats) we attracted the crowds with our welcoming banter and jovial demeanour. Whilst shaking our buckets and shouting from the rooftops we collected as much as we could.
The sunny evening weather helped to ensure everyone was in good spirits and looking forward to a great match. We found the mix between families, stag and hen dos and people coming along after work, a refreshing change from the usual crowds seen at sporting events and it made for a really fun evening.
The game itself didn’t disappoint Middlesex produced their highest successful T20 run chase to beat Surrey by five wickets with five balls to spare
After the match ended we continued to rattle our buckets for a final half hour whilst the record crowds dissipated into the lovely St Johns Wood suburbs.
It was a great team effort and something we were all proud to be part of.
To find out more about Shooting Star Chase head to their website