With most of this year’s planned fundraising projects having being cancelled due to the current restrictions, some of our members have been thinking up new initiatives.

The weekend of the 30th-31st May saw St Georges Cricket Club and Telford and Wrekin Hockey Club join forces in an attempt to complete a virtual relay to Lords, a distance of 154 miles, to raise money for the NHS and the respective clubs. Participants had a hour (give or take) to walk/ run/ cycle as far as they could, with their distance being added to the grand total.

The event was well supported, with a total of 32 members from both clubs participating, which given the high temperatures over the weekend showed a great commitment. Day one saw an impressive 94 miles completed, breaking the back of the target and putting the relay well on its way. However day 2 was even more impressive, with event gaining momentum and an increasing number of volunteers joining in to add their miles to the cause. The original target of 154 miles was smashed by mid afternoon and passing 200 miles looked like a possibility. Participants continued to dig deep and put the miles in their legs. Thanks to a late burst, at the end of the day when the miles tallied up, not only had the relay managed to pass 200 miles, but also the 250 mile mark, finishing with a staggering 277.7 miles.

Many thanks to all those who contributed, be that by completing a leg of the relay or donating to the causes. Thanks in particular to Neil Davies, Ben Crump and Rachel Chesters for coming up with the idea and arranging.

Since the relay took place the Cricket club has added over £200 in pledges towards the upkeep of the ground and facilities during lockdown taking the total so far to £990, with the NHS Charities Together also receiving donations. There is still time to donate, and if you feel able to please follow the links below.’