From left to right: Heather Epps, Lee Hart, Ann Rhodes, Martin Pettingell, Kate MacLean, Matthew Hoggard, Pippa Bird, Karenmarie Smith, Kerry Fifield, Chris Thorne, Robin Rhodes
On Friday, Somerset County Cricket Club hosted a Charity Dinner and Auction, co-sponsored by Clarke Willmott and Francis Clark, to raise funds for the Brainwave Centre, based in Bridgwater.
Brainwave is a charity which helps children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence, aiming to improve mobility, communication skills, and learning potential, through a range of educational and physical therapies. Brainwave’s therapists work with families to devise a unique programme which will help and encourage them to unlock their child’s potential.
Guest speaker, former England cricket international, Matthew Hoggard thoroughly entertained everyone with his amusing and poignant stories of his introduction into County Cricket, his journey through the ranks at Yorkshire and into the England team.
Richard Hurd, father of young Ben who was born with a rare condition which affects his learning capability and mobility, gave a moving and inspiring account of his involvement with Brainwave, the tremendous support provided and the benefits it has brought to Ben and his family.
Charles Clark of Greenslade Taylor Hunt amused all during the auction which included a variety of lots, including some great sporting memorabilia.
The event was compered by Paul Smith of Brainwave who was delighted to receive the support of the many who attended, some travelling from afar to be there.
Lee Hart, Partner at Clarke Willmott said: “We are delighted to be able to support charities like Brainwave who play such an important part in helping rebuild the lives of those affected by life-changing injuries and conditions. The Charity Dinner was great fun, moving and inspiring in equal measure. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”
For more details about Brainwave, please follow this link http://www.brainwave.org.uk/