A cricket series set-up by Hereford twins to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice has entered its second decade – with money still pouring in.
The latest in the Richard Matravers Memorial Cricket Match series fetched over £1,400, pushing the total over the years towards £12,000.
Back in 2012, Adam and Robert Matravers set-up the annual match in memory of their cricket-mad father, Richard, who died at St Michael’s.
Each summer, the twins gather friends, relatives and colleagues for a 30-over game, with a brother captaining each team.
The matches took on even greater significance in 2017 when the brothers’ mum, Mim, also died at St Michael’s.
“Each year, Rob and I are overwhelmed by the support we receive at these matches,” said Adam. “They’re great fun, and we get to spend time with friends and family whilst raising money for St Michael’s.”
This year, the match was played just a cricket ball’s throw from St Michael’s itself, at Bartestree & Lugwardine Cricket Club.
It was won by Adam’s team, meaning he has a 5-4 lead.
“We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who helped, either by playing, donating items for our raffle and auction, or pledging money,” added Adam.
“St Michael’s is a very special place for us. We will always fondly remember the care provided to mum and dad, and the support they gave us. These matches are just our way of giving something back, and to simply say ‘Thank You’.”
A date and venue for next summer’s match will be announced in due course.