New Farnley Cricket Club fundraiser passes £10,000 mark

Arson attack in New Farnley. Photo: New Farnley CC

A crowdfunding appeal to support a West Leeds cricket club hit by an arson attack which gutted their clubhouse has passed the £10,000 mark in just over a week.

As reported by WLD last week, police and fire fighters were called to the cricket club at 11.10pm on August Bank Holiday Monday and are investigating the incident, which is being treated as arson.

Since then, the community has rallied, raising the first £6,000 in just one day – and now club chiefs are overjoyed that the appeal has passed the £10,000 mark.

Fundraiser Mark Lawson said:

“Awesome work everyone and from the bottom of our heart – thank you. We will continue to update you on how that money is being spent.

“There are number of people doing their own fundraising events if you wish to donate please contact me and I’ll forward you the club’s details.”

New Farnley Cricket Club chairman John Baldwin last week thanked neighbours and West Yorkshire Fire Service for their swift actions last Monday night and for the generous response of the local and cricketing community to the club’s appeal. He added:

“The committee and I have been overwhelmed by the response we have received since the news broke.

“I would like to thank every single individual, sports club and business, both locally and from afar, who have reached out, offering help and support… we are grateful to have such strong community spirit.”

The crowdfunding site – which can be found here – will be active for another seven days of you wish to donate further.


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