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High Wycombe Cricket Club’s 200th Anniversary

22 February 2023

High Wycombe Cricket Club (HWCC), founded in 1823, will celebrate its 200th anniversary this coming year and are proud to partner with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation as their chosen charity partner for 2023 and two further years until 2025.

HWCC Chairman Chris Sketchley was glowing with pride to partner with the Foundation, “It is with the great privilege I can announce our charity partnership with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Like many, we have been astounded by the bravery and resilience that Doddie has shown in his battle with Motor Neuron Disease. This has provided the bedrock for us to do what we can to support the Foundation as they continue their journey to find a cure for this terrible disease and honour Doddie’s legacy.”

The Club, based in Buckinghamshire, has a long-standing tradition of being one of the most successful club teams in the Home Counties area. They proudly offer a wide range of cricket coaching within the local area as part of their ‘Cricket in the Community Scheme’. The club is proactively developing many areas of their junior and senior participation program in line with the Wycombe council. A major area of focus for the coming year is engaging with disability cricket. The club is working with schools in the local area and plans to have its team representing the Club in its 200th anniversary year. 

High Wycombe Mayor, Arif Hussain was “thrilled with the club’s decision to partner with the Foundation.” He paid homage to the work that the club has been doing to “help bring together a diverse range of cultures for a common love of the game of cricket and showcasing the power of sport to engage awareness of finding a cure for MND and supporting those who are affected.”

HWCC has several events planned over the course of the season including long lunches, charity golf days, charity cricket matches and the third iteration of their annual music festival, ‘The Big bash’ in September. The Big Bash offers a wonderful family experience with several local and mainstream music bands playing during the weekend’s festival. High Wycombe is hoping to continue to build on the first two years' success and is targeting 2000 people to attend the event in their centenary year. 

Paul Thompson, Director of Fundraising at My Name'5 Doddie Foundation said: "It is fantastic to have High Wycombe Cricket Club on board as an Official Fundraising Partner of My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. The sporting community has come together so strongly over the past 5 years and we are delighted High Wycombe CC is now part of that. We're extremely excited about the fundraising events planned for 2023 and to watch developments over the next three years.”

“This partnership allows us to invest more into research looking for effective treatments and a cure for MND. We are determined that Doddie's legacy will be a world without MND, and High Wycombe CC are a crucial part of that."

For more information relating to High Wycombe Cricket Club and its plans for 2023 visit: https://www.hwcc.co.uk/

High Wycombe Cricket Club’s 200th Anniversary
High Wycombe Cricket Club’s 200th Anniversary

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