Citywire Sixes Cricket Tournament Helps Foundation Hit Fundraising Target

On Tuesday 11 September the ‘Citywire Sixes Cricket Tournament’ was held at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

This was an all day competition, contested by six six-a-side teams. The teams all came from the wealth management community (Brooks Macdonald, Citywire, Investec Asset Management, Brewin Dolphin, Collins Stewart and New Model Adviser). 

Each team had to pay to enter and this money was donated to the Brooks Macdonald Foundation, enabling them to reach their target of £20,000 to buy a specialised “sunshine coach”, the culmination of a year long fundraising project for the Brooks Macdonald Foundation and the employees of Brooks Macdonald, and facilitated by the charity, Variety.

Matches were played between two teams of six players, with each game consisting of a maximum of five six-ball overs bowled by each side. Each member of the fielding side bowled one over, with the exception of the wicket keeper.

In between games, players also benefited from tours of the ground and sessions with Hawk-Eye, the ball-tracking technology used to analyse bowler performance.

The “sunshine coach” (a 14 seat minibus) was donated to the children of Bradstow School, Broadstairs,  who are all on the autistic spectrum scale. The coach will enable them to enjoy a number of educational and recreational pursuits which will expand their learning experience and enable them to interact with the wider community. 

Six children from the school and their carers drove to Lord’s in the bus - the first time they had been able to go on such a trip - and the children stayed for lunch after the coach presentation.

The hand over of the coach was completed at Lord’s, underneath the iconic media centre with the help of two former England Cricketers, John Emburey and Angus Fraser as well as three current Middlesex players, Joe Denly, Corey Colleymore and David Malan.

From Variety, Helen Bournat, Head of Fundraising and Major Accounts Manager Colleen Ettridge attended, whilst CEO Chris Macdonald and BM Charity Foundation Chair, Charles Dixon, represented Brooks Macdonald.

Special thanks also go to Lorraine Poole, Sponsorship, Events & Cricket Operations Manager for Middlesex, for her help to ensure things ran smoothly on the day and to Citywire's Charlie Hinchliffe for organsing the event in the first place.               

Sarah Dunn, Head Teacher of Bradstow School commented: “We are truly thankful for the donation of the Sunshine Coach from Variety and Brooks Macdonald Group. Having this coach to take our children on trips and outings will open up a new avenue of experiences for our pupils with the opportunity to access activities which were previously inaccessible.”

Chris Macdonald, CEO of Brooks Macdonald, commented: “We are extremely pleased and proud to be presenting this sunshine coach to Bradstow School and know it will provide many years of enjoyment for the pupils and wider school community.  Brooks Macdonald Group’s colleagues have undertaken a number of fundraising activities to raise funds for Variety and it is very rewarding to see first hand the impact that our fundraising efforts have on the children who benefit from Variety’s support.”