Yarnold has golden touch as Hospice in the Weald Sporting Dinner raises £60k

Pam Mills
SKELETON CREW: Andrew Castle, Chris Cowdrey, Simon Jones, Geoff Miller and double Olympic gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold

The prizes included one of England cricket captain Joe Root’s bats, which fetched £1,000, and a bottle of whisky signed by Prime Minister Theresa May that was sold for £500.

More than 160 guests attended the gala event at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells on September 20.

Sporting celebrities in attendance included double skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold, from Sevenoaks – Britain’s most successful Winter Olympian.

She was joined by former Kent and England cricket captain Chris Cowdrey, who hosted the evening, another ex-England all-rounder in Geoff Miller, who is a highly prized after-dinner speaker, and former British tennis player and TV commentator Andrew Castle.

Chris Cowdrey said: “It was wonderful to see the support and warm feeling towards Hospice in the Weald. We had a lot of fun and it was good to hear from Lizzy Yarnold on how she became a double Olympic champion.

“I know the funds raised are of great imp-ortance to the hospice, and my thanks to everyone who contributed so generously.”

Hospice Chairman Simon Lee added: “It was a splendid evening, full of laughter and good conversation. We are so grateful… It’s wonderful to see residents from Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas come together to support us.

“The money raised enables our hospice to continue to provide care free of charge, now and in the future, for patients, their families and carers.

“It’s fantastic to be part of an evening that makes such a valuable contribution to our community.”

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