FoGR Make Oustanding Donation

The Friends of Grace Road made an outstanding donation to the club earlier in the month, which saw them donate £12,000 for the fifth time in six years!

It has been yet another successful year for the committee who work tirelessly all year round with various fund-raising efforts including their famous matchday 'Cake of the Match' sale and events such as the Autumn Craft Fayre, and their popular Winter Lunches.

Roy Bent, Chairman and Secretary of the Committee said: "I am pleased to report that 2018-19 has been another very successful and profitable year for the FoGR and we appear to be well placed with a reasonable number of willing volunteers, an exciting programme of events and efficient organisation to continue our fund-raising efforts in 2019-20. Consequently, I have great pleasure in informing you that the FoGR now wish to donate £12,000 to the Club.

"This is the fifth time in six years that we have managed to contribute this amount to support the Club and this brings our contribution to a magnificent £69,000 over those six years. This is thanks to the commitment, dedication and support provided by the volunteers of the FoGR and to all of those who spent money with the FoGR during the year.

“The FoGR always likes to donate money to be spent on specific items that will benefit the membership and the Club in general and it has seriously considered two funding proposals: the first was for the reparation and refurbishment of the manual scoreboard; and the second was for the purchase of equipment for Women's and Girls county programmes and the hosting of Talent ID days and increased community-based talent identification opportunities, and concluded that the FoGR’s money would be well spent on either or both of these proposals.

“Everyone considers that the manual scoreboard has been in a very poor state for some years and is a health and safety hazard to those who work there. As the only manual scoreboard on first-class county grounds it is a structure that is iconic at Grace Road. Therefore, its reparation and refurbishment would not only greatly enhance the working conditions and maintain a part of the Club’s heritage, but also improve the cricket-watching experience of members and spectators. Consequently, the FoGR would like the detailed reparation and refurbishment of the manual scoreboard to be the highest priority for FoGR expenditure in the coming months and certainly by the start of the 2020 season."

Karen Rothery, CEO for Leicestershire County Cricket Club said: "The Club are hugely thankful for the donation made by the Friends of Grace Road committee, and the size of their donation is true testament to the amount of hard work they put in throughout the year.

"We are excited to be refurbishing the manual scoreboard here at the Fischer County Ground. As the only First-Class County boasting a manual scoreboard, we are proud of our heritage and see the scoreboard as part of the rich history of this Club."

Roy added: “We also believe that women and girls cricket and talent identification are also vital to the future well-being and enhancement of the Club and would like to contribute as much as possible to those areas of the Club’s activities.

“Whilst we do boast a reasonable number of willing volunteers we will always welcome more volunteers to help us bake delicious homemade cakes, sell them in the FoGR Café on matchdays along with teas and coffees, sell raffle tickets at T20 matches or help to organise our many winter events. So please make yourself available to help us by contacting the Club.”

The Club would like to extend a huge thankyou to every volunteer involved within the Friends of Grace Road commitee.