Cricket club awarded £1,000

Karl Allan, chairman of Earlestown Cricket Club
Karl Allan, chairman of Earlestown Cricket Club
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A St Helens cricket club was bowled over to receive a grant of £1,000.

Persimmon Homes has nominated Earlestown Cricket Club, in Newton-le-Willows, as one of its Community Champions, which is a national programme where charities and groups can secure funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.

Karl Allan, club chairman at ECC, said: “Our club was founded in 1882 and despite hard times financially we are still going strong – we just needed some support to upgrade our facilities to help attract new members and keep the ones we already have.

“I was jumping for joy when I heard that we had been selected as a Community Champion, and thanks to this £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes we will be able to repair the ceiling in the pavilion, do some landscaping around the pitch and revamp our shower area.”

Dave Hodgson, sales director for Persimmon Homes North West, said: “We were impressed with all the hard work Earlestown Cricket Club was doing to be at the heart of the community. We wanted to do all we could to help the club and it is a pleasure to select it as our Community Champion.

“As always it wasn’t easy to select our winner, such was the high standard of applications, and we would encourage any charity or organisation that missed out this time to apply again – even if they have won previously.”

To find out more about the Community Champions, or to nominate a charity, visit