VIDEO: Cricketers helping a hand

The amazing fundraising of the Selby Hands of Hope was marked by the charity’s fourth anniversary ball on Saturday and a charity cricket match.

Founder of the charity Wendy Singh said: “It was fantastic. I want to thank everyone, not just members of the committee, but volunteers and members of the public. I want to say thank you to everybody who us whether they are a business or an individual.”

The teams taking part in the Selby Hands of Hope cricket match. Picture: Cliff Edwards

The teams taking part in the Selby Hands of Hope cricket match. Picture: Cliff Edwards

The ball at the town’s cricket club played host to 230 guests, who enjoyed fine dining and dancing to the band Pure Silk.

Wendy revealed that Hands of Hope raised £43,950 over the past year and has raised a total of £141,399 since its inception.

She added: “ We have never missed a target yet and next year we have set it at £60,000. Let’s see what happens.”

A charity cricket match, which pitted professional players against Selby area cricketers has raised hundreds of pounds for Selby Hands of Hope. The match featuring the “ nforcers” and the Drax Power Players attracted a number of spectators to Selby Cricket Club on Sandhill Lane.

Selby Hands of Hope charity cricket organiser Richard Singh said: “This is a very important event for the charity because it gets its name known outside the Selby area. We’re delighted that All Roudner Sport Management nforcers, led by Richard Pyrah of Yorkshire CCC were able to give their support.

I think they were impressed by the work Selby Hands of Hope has been doing and wanted to give us a helping hand themselves. It was a great occasion for Selby and we hope we can have many more like this.”

The Twenty/20 match saw specators running for cover as sixes rained down. The ARSM nforcers team included ex-England international, former Durham and now Yorkshire fast bowler Liam Plunkett.

Yorkshire player and managing director of All Roudner Sport Management Richard Pyrah, said: “The nforcers only play a handful of games each summer but when I heard about Selby Hands of Hope, we knew we had to play this match.

“They are a marvellous local charity and we are privileged to be here to help out.

“Every one of the lads supports what they do. It’s also good for us to go around the county and meet the people who support us on the cricket field.”

The Drax Power Players were made up of local cricketers from a variety of different clubs including Carlton Towers, Selby, Burn, Drax and Hemingbrough.