As 2014 drew to a close the MCC received the sad news that one of the founders and erstwhile players of the BAC tour and our good friend, Quentin Palmer-Brown had been diagnosed with MND. The Club sought to honour his continued efforts to promote cricket in Biniparrell by raising funds for their charity MNDA. We organised various fundraising events culminating in the MCC Charity day on 16th May 2015.
In all, with the help of Lloyd's of London Insurance market, the MCC raised a staggering £126,336.34. Here is a report on the day:
The BAC tour weekend began on Friday with a lunch at Son Ganxo, jointly hosted by the visitors and our President, where it was announced that we had reached our target of £100,000 – what an incredible achievement!
Saturday dawned with a flurry of activity as the ‘Dames’ were all given a make-over ready for their guest appearances in the Nutcracker’s and BAC Ladies squads.
MNDA and Club merchandise was sold by a team of volunteers led by Elaine Martin and Denise Manners.
The Nutcracker’s first International match kicked off at 11. The BAC ladies proved to be worthy opponents but the Nutcracker’s came through in the end to continue their unbroken record of wins.
Personalised prints of Grahame Byfield’s beautiful water colour of the MCC clubhouse and grounds were presented to each of the participants.
After the match, there was the presentation of the rather large cheque for £100,000, which was received by Quentin Palmer-Brown on behalf of the MNDA.
The match between the MCC and BAC 1st XI followed with a resounding win by the visitors. This was followed by a daring dash around the outfield by SuperDan and his trusty sidekick, Motty. A vision that will cause many a nightmare in the months ahead.
A further presentation was made by Jonathan Palmer-Brown to his brother Quentin, of a Lloyd’s slip that had been signed by hundreds of brokers and staff from Lloyd’s along with Saturday’s attendees. A copy was also given to the MCC as a memento of this very special day and the hugely successful charity campaign it helped bring to fruition. Quentin also kindly presented the MCC with a cricket bat signed by Sir Garfield Sobers, widely considered to be cricket’s greatest all-rounder.
Finally the raffle was drawn and it was time for everyone to relax and reflect on a very successful day which marked the finale of a very successful charity campaign.
Congratulations to the raffle winners:
1st Prize: Jakob Brevenge, Bain Capital
2nd Prize: Andy Edwards, Lloyd's of London Insurance market
3rd Prize: Lee Ball, Menorca
A huge thanks to all involved and we would like to give our best wishes to Quentin and let him know that he is in our thoughts.