Cricket club scores a century with Charity Panel

Old Edwardian Cricket Club has scored a century with a £100 donation from the latest round of National Express Employee Charity Panel awards.

Khalid Mahmood, a driver at National Express West Midlands’ Birmingham Central depot, applied to the company’s Charity Panel and requested a donation to help with the club’s fundraising for the youth section. Khalid is a first team captain at the club and has been playing for the last ten years.

The Solihull-based club is run by volunteers and needs funding towards the cost of indoor facility hire and new equipment for the youth section, with indoor training sessions taking place once a week from January to April.

Khalid said, “The volunteers that help run Old Edwardian’s Cricket Club include parents and local community members, and we are all very grateful for any help in terms of donations or sponsorships.

“Our aim is to engage local youths in a positive activity where they can have fun and develop their skills. The donation from the Charity Panel goes towards helping us provide the facilities and equipment to do this, whereas they might otherwise become bored and get involved in crime, anti-social behaviour and gangs.”

The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps support employees in their own charitable work. The panel is made up of employees from around the National Express business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support. The panel awarded almost £17,000 to 65 charities and organisations nominated by employees throughout 2014.

Published 28th January 2015