The 2016 Harry Burden Lunch that took place in the Long Room at the Cooper Associates County Ground has been deemed a huge success.
Harry was a very keen cricketer who died of leukemia at the age of eight in 1996 and since 1997 an annual event has been held in his memory.
100 guests were in attendance and following a three course festive lunch, SCCC Chief Executive Guy Lavender led a question and answer session with Somerset legends Andy Caddick and Keith Parsons, and then chatted with former captain Peter Bowler.
During the lunch, presentations were made to three promising young cricketers, with Fin Trenouth, who is on the Somerset Academy taking the Harry Burden Award whilst Olivia and Sophie Hamilton, who are both part of the Somerset Emerging Player Programme, shared the Harry Burden Bursary, which is sponsored by Somerset County Sports.
The Trust would like to thank everyone who attended and all those who provided auction items and raffle prizes including Cooper Associates, Somerset County Cricket Club, Somerset Cricket Board, Old Blundellians Cricket Club, Argos, Monkton Elm, Hembrows Butchers, West Somerset Railway and The Lavender Rooms.
As a result of the lunch over £3,500 was raised for the Tony Coles Charitable Trust which will enable them to continue their work in developing youth cricket across the South West.
Any cricket club or school needing financial help with projects to develop youth cricket should make contact with the Trust secretary Brian Daw on 01823 442707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.