A village cricket match has helped raise £3000 for Leukemia Research thanks to the generosity of a big-hearted Yorkshire brewery and the appearance of a number of soap stars.
Masham-based T&R Theakston Ltd has, for the second year running, sponsored an annual cricket match between Crakehall Cricket Club and a team featuring stars from Emmerdale.
For its part, the brewery – which this year celebrates its 185th anniversary – provided casks of Lightfoot Ale, which, such was their popularity, that they had been polished off by early afternoon.
Staff had to make a quick dash back to the brewery for a refill of bottles, ensuring players and spectators did not miss out on the opportunity to sample the traditional Yorkshire beer.
By the end of the match, the Theakston’s Bar had taken £880, with all the money going to the charity.
T&R Theakston Ltd Marketing Manager Victoria Bramley said:
Once again it was a great pleasure for us to be associated with this annual cricket match.
Such was our popularity that we were literally hit for six, and we ran out of beer a lot sooner than anticipated.
However, it wasn’t long before we were able to replenish our stocks, and our efforts – and beer – helped to ensure the day was a huge success.
All the proceeds from the Theakston’s Beer Tent have gone to make up the final figure which was a very impressive £3,000 towards this year’s charity. I’d also like to thank the Theakston’s team who gave their time for free.
In past years, the cricket match has supported a raft of different charities which have included RNLI, Macmillan Nurses and Prostate Cancer Fund.