Mangotsfield Juniors and Carsons Cricket Club join forces for fundraising day

Published on: 28 Aug 2013

THERE were smiles aplenty as people joined in the fun at the recent Pomphrey Hill Beer and Cider Festival.

Visitors sampled weird and wonderful sounding beverages from St Austell brewery Tribute Beers, including Navel gazer, Black Rat, Yella Belly and Bitter Bully.

They then put their feet up to watch cricket and football matches and enjoy the sunshine.

The event was a joint fundraising venture between Mangotsfield United Juniors and Carsons Cricket Club and was held in association with Downend charity Jack’s Fund.

The charity was set up by the family of Christ Church Infant and Junior School pupil Jack Banks who died from leukaemia in July 2008 at the age of nine.

With the support of their friends and family, Jack’s mum and dad, Paula and Mike, who live in Chesterfield Road, have already raised more than half their target of £100,000 to fund a playroom and conservatory at Bristol Children’s Hospital where Jack was treated.

The couple were joined by Jack’s grandmother and grandfather, Janet and Mike Keeler, at the festival where they held a cake and biscuit decorating stall, tombola, and a silent auction for a cap signed by the England cricket team.

The fund was given an unexpected boost when Andy King, first team captain of Carsons and Mangotsfield Cricket Club, and Pete Brown, secretary of Mangotsfield United FC Juniors, donated some of the cash they had raised at the event.

Paula said: “We had raised about £100 which included a £25 donation from the pick a ticket stall next to mine.

“Then the next day Andy King and Pete Brown who organised the event turned up on my doorstep and donated £52 from their own fundraising. I was very touched by that, I didn’t expect that at all.

“The cricket club and football club have been a great support in raising awareness of Jack’s Fund.” 

*The next fundraising event for Jack’s Fund is a movie themed fancy dress party with disco and finger buffet on September 13.

There will be a raffle with the top prize of a signed England cricket shirt.

The event takes place on Friday September 13 at 7.30pm at Pomphrey Hill Sports Pavilion. 

Tickets are £5 and can be obtained by emailing

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