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Battle of Britain Memorial Trust raises thousands from shirt donation

Friday 14th August 2015

Men’s First Team

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust raised more than £2,000 from donations from Kent Cricket supporters so far this season.

Kent Cricket Major Sponsors Shepherd Neame gave up one of its positions on the club’s NatWest T20 Blast shirt to allow the Trust’s name to be featured on one of the collars – and the club then made a donation from the sale of each shirt to Trust funds.

Club President Lady Rose Kingsdown handed the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust the cheque when the Kent Spitfires took on Lancashire Lightning at the St Lawrence Ground on Saturday in the Royal London One-Day Cup competition.

Trust President Sir Michael Graydon received a cheque for £1,986 from Lady Kingsdown, accompanied by Trust secretary Patrick Tootal and Kent Cricket chief executive Jamie Clifford.

Members of the public who bought the popular shirt online were also invited to make a further donation to the Trust, which runs the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne.

Saturday’s match against Lancashire Lightning was also earmarked as an opportunity for fund-raising on behalf of the charity.

Volunteers ran a merchandise stand and collected money from spectators during the interval, raising a further £900.

Trust chairman Richard Hunting CBE said: “This is the third year that we have been invited to raise money for the National Memorial during one of the season’s fixtures and we are delighted with the support shown by both Kent Cricket and by Shepherd Neame.”

Click here to order the NatWest T20 Blast shirt or make a donation to the Trust

Click here to visit the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust website