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Bears to hosts charity match to raise funds for Fisher House

WARWICKSHIRE County Cricket Club will host a charity cricket match next weekend between the Armed Forces XI and Warwickshire Legends XI.

The match, at Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday (July 20), is in aid of Fisher House, the UK’s first purpose-built home for the families of injured armed forces personnel.

The match will take place following the Warwickshire Bears Friends Life t20 fixture against Northamptonshire Steelbacks, with all ticket buyers for this match being invited to watch the charity fixture.

Fisher House is a home away from home for military patients that are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and their loved ones.

The facility has 18 large family bedrooms, all with ensuite facilities, and disabled access throughout. There are also communal facilities for military patients to get out of the ward and spend time with families, friends and colleagues in a non-clinical environment.

Colin Povey, chief executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “As a part of our commitment to the local community we are delighted to be supporting this worthy cause.”

Business community helps city hospice enter a new era

Birmingham’s St Mary’s Hospice will help a record number of patients and their families this year, thanks to bumper support from the city’s corporate sector.

The hospice has been chosen as charity of the year by the local office of lawyers Gateley, Phoenix Group, Barclays Corporate, Clarke Willmott and EC Harris.

The support means the organisation is able to expand its new hospice at home service, which offers terminally-ill people greater choice over the place of their care.

Its director of income generation and marketing Claire Marshall said: “We’ve received tremendous help over the years from Barclays, Axa Commercial Lines, the Co-op, Irwin Mitchell, DWF and Santander and others in terms of corporate support, which comprises fundraising, volunteering, sponsorship and much more.

“But over the past couple of years we have really sought to engage with Birmingham’s business community through networking and events such as Send Your PA to Lunch. This hard work is now paying off with some high net partnerships.”

Briggs helps to raise funds for prostate charity

CANNOCK-based Briggs Equipment has helped customer Keyline raise £100,000 for Prostate Cancer UK by sponsoring a team in its Jukebox Rally.

Organised by Keyline Builders Merchants (part of the Travis Perkins Group), the rally involved 35 cars heading for Barcelona from the company’s distribution depot in Northampton.

By completing the four day round trip and over 2,500 miles, they raised money for Prostate Cancer UK, and Briggs, a materials handling solutions provider, sponsored the Madness car to the tune of £1,000.

Sally Baker, marketing manager at Briggs, said: “We are delighted to support Keyline, a company with which we have a long standing relationship. Briggs is passionate about supporting charitable causes, and this is a very worthy cause.”