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Flannels4Heroes: Celebrity Chelsea Charity Cricket Match

Players, players friends and players friends of friends enjoyed a quintessientially English sort of day, watching cricket safe from the undercover of the Pavillion or the Marquee with intermiscent torrential rain or bright sunlight, sipping champagne or downing Pimms. The event sponsored by Kent & Curwen and supported by, amongst many, S J D Events, was the brainchild of Tim Brocklehurst, Mowbray Jackson and Eliza Cockerell. Monies from this years event is still being counted, but last year from tickets, the silent auction and auction (with some amazing prize) raised an incredible 150,000 pounds divided between Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded and Combat Stress – all charities involved in assisting those who have left the army and need help with facing life in ‘civvy street’ – physically or mentally.

Players  included Ben Goldsmith, Ed Parker (co-founder of Walking with the Wounded), Ed Smith (former England player), Isa Guhu (the only female player, whose 10 year career included a World Cup win in 2009), Tristan Gemmill (actor, Holby City), Jaco Van Gass (Wounded in Afghanistan and took part in HRH Prince Harry’s trip to the Pole, and this year attempted Mount Everest but had to turn back due to weather conditions), Min Patel (former Kent and England spinner) and Michael Vaughan (considered one of the best batsmen in the world following the 2002/2003 Ashes series).

A quintessential day at Burton Court in Chelsea but one which we hope raised enormous sums for these three charities, whose members having given limb or mind for their country, need our help.

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine

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