Monday 8th August 2022
The Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation
The Benevolent Fund supports The Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation and the Mistress and I had the good fortune to meet the Foundation’s Chairman (Peter Bristowe) and Tim Shutt (Director) at their base, The Arundel Castle Cricket Club in West Sussex.
It is fitting that The Duke of Norfolk is their President – residing in the stunning Arundel Castle, a big cricket 6 from the grounds!
It was explained to us how they use the power of cricket, outdoor recreation and their unique, historic setting to create magical experiences that enhance the education, health and wellbeing of disadvantaged young people. The day we visited they had a group of youngsters from East London on a 3-day residential in partnership with Chance to Shine and Surrey Cricket Foundation. It was moving to witness the thrill the children were getting – many of them never having ventured beyond their neighbourhood before.
After meeting and touring the facilities, we took advantage of being in Arundel and paid a visit to the Castle and its gardens – I can only recommend to anyone who has not seen them to do so – quite spectacular.
We were bowled over at the passion and commitment of The Foundation and will revisit to coincide with a game of cricket!