Date: 
Monday, August 20, 2018 - 16:30

A fundraising cricket match between the People and Gardens group and Eden Project staff is to be played on Sunday September 2 at St. Austell Cricket Club.

Highly anticipated following the cancellation of last year’s game due to adverse weather, this will be the seventh time the two teams have faced off in the popular 20-over match.

People and Gardens, based at the Eden Project nursery, enables people with learning disabilities or emotional impairments to be able to develop as individuals, to learn work and social skills and to have equality of choice and opportunity in the workplace.

Cricket has become a valuable part of the People and Gardens team’s summer and they train on their makeshift pitch at the nursery.

Some of the players have taken part in other cricket activities for people with learning difficulties, funded by the Cornwall Cricket Trust. This included their first taste of a proper hard ball cricket match.

Bill Simpson, cricket coach and Development Manager of People and Gardens, said: “After the disappointment of missing the match last year due to bad weather, we’re all so looking forward to renewing our friendly rivalry with the Eden Project cricket team.

“We urge anybody who would like a fun packed afternoon to please come along to St Austell Cricket Club on Sunday September 2.”

Alongside all the friendly competition, there will be a tombola, raffle, plant, cake and craft stalls, barbecue and a bar.

Entry is from 1pm with the match beginning at 2pm. Entry is free, but donations to People and Gardens are welcome.

The inspirational People and Gardens group has been celebrating this summer after reaching the milestone of 20 years since it was established by Ken and Lorraine Radford.

More than 30 long-serving participants received awards, five of whom have been involved with the project since the outset.

The team has helped more than 150 people improve their lives and some have gone on to live independently, to study and to find jobs.

The community interest company runs a vegetable bag scheme, which offers a fortnightly bag of top-quality produce, available for £10-13. The vegetables are delivered to homes all over Cornwall and also supply Eden’s kitchens.

For more information on People and Gardens see www.peopleandgardens.co.uk.