Cricket legend’s bat up for auction

Sandra Jones, of Brompton-on-Swale with a cricket bat signed by former England captain Alex Stewart. The bat is one of many items going under the hammer at an auction of promises at Catterick Golf Club in September to raise money for Herriot Hospice Homecare.
Sandra Jones, of Brompton-on-Swale with a cricket bat signed by former England captain Alex Stewart. The bat is one of many items going under the hammer at an auction of promises at Catterick Golf Club in September to raise money for Herriot Hospice Homecare.

Cricket fans are being offered the chance to own a bit of sporting history and to raise vital funds for a local charity.

The cricket bat signed by former England captain Alec Stewart will go under the hammer for Herriot Hospice Homecare.

It comes with a certificate of authenticity as a piece of memorabilia from Stewart, the most capped English Test match player of all time.

As well as the cricket bat, there are other signed items from Steve Cram and Sir Ian Botham and, for those who are not so sporting minded, there is the chance to secure an overnight stay with dinner and wine at the acclaimed Crab Manor Hotel at Asenby, near Thirsk.

Sandra Jones is involved in staging a charity golf day at Catterick Golf Club on September 9 to commemorate the life of her husband David. All money raised will go to Herriot Hospice Homecare, which cared for David, from Brompton on Swale, whilst he was ill.

The golf competition itself has been a complete sell out, but as part of the fundraising efforts for the charity, sporting memorabilia and other outstanding prizes have been generously donated for a silent auction and a separate raffle.

The auction will be concluded after the golf tournament, but in order to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, silent bids can be taken by email before the event.

A full list of auction lots is available at www.herriothh.org.uk.

Anyone interested in making a bid should email it to silent.auction@herriothh.org.uk or call 01609 777413 and ask to speak to Kathryn Harrison before September 9.