November 1st, 2011 by Investec Bank Channel Islands Limited
Disabled or disadvantaged Guernsey children will benefit from £15,000 raised at The Lady Taverners’ Silver Anniversary Ball.
Sponsored by Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited, the ball included entertainment by electric violinists and cellists, The Siren String Quartet, UK dance band Pop Fiction and a presentation by representatives of the world’s leading cricket charity, Cricket for Change.
‘What a fantastic achievement that we have been able to raise £15,000 in one night for children with learning and physical disabilities in the Bailiwick,’ said chair of The Lady Taverners’ Guernsey region Zoë Cousens.
‘We are very grateful to Investec for all of its support as it has meant that we were able to keep the cost of the ball down allowing us to pass on the proceeds. Our fundraising was also considerably boosted by the generous donation of auction prizes that ranged from a pair of designer sunglasses to a week’s holiday in the Cayman Islands.’
Guernsey was the first place to establish The Lady Taverners as a region in 1986 and there are now 24 regions across the UK with more than 1,200 members.
‘The aim of The Lady Taverners, which is a dedicated fundraising arm of The Lord’s Taverners, is to encourage children with physical or learning disabilities to participate in sporting and recreational activities within a group environment. This allows them to build their self-confidence, social skills and general fitness, helping them to achieve goals that may otherwise be beyond their reach,’ said Mrs Cousens.
The Lady Taverners’ Guernsey region is one of the highest fundraising regions in the UK and since its inception has raised around £400,000 to enhance the lives of disabled and disadvantaged young people.
Local donations to date have included £25,000 to Le Murier School for a specially adapted play area, £5,000 to the “You Can Do It” initiative for a multi-activity break for disabled youngsters and £4,000 to the Vale Schools towards their climbing frame appeal.
‘Over the last 25 years, The Lady Taverners in Guernsey has made a real difference to youngsters’ lives. The ladies involved are truly inspirational and Investec was only too pleased to help them celebrate their silver anniversary which has raised £15,000 for the children the charity supports in the Bailiwick,’ said Stephen Henry of Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited.
Cricket for Change, which was originally set up as London Community Cricket Association after the Brixton riots in 1981, launches pioneering projects aimed at training unemployed and troubled young people as cricket coaches and is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary.
For more information about the work of The Lady Taverners please email zoe.cousens @ cwgsy.net
The Lady Taverners donations in Guernsey have included: