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Darren Bicknell speaks at sports charity lunch event

Former Nottinghamshire County cricketer, Darren Bicknell, spoke at a charity event in aid of SportsAid on Friday 8 July at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.

Darren played for Nottinghamshire for seven seasons and, as a highly regarded batsman, he batted for the country in three England A-team tours in the early 1990s. He now coaches cricket at Oakham School and is chief executive of the Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust which provides cricketing activities for young people. 

Nelsons Solicitors, Yorkshire Bank, Trent Bridge Cricket Club, AdamsonJones and PKF Cooper Parry are proud sponsors of the event and are keen to encourage Nottingham’s businesses to attend future events as the last lunch, held in March, raised more than £800 for SportsAid.

SportsAid, a charity which supports young sportspeople aged 12 to 18 who typically have no other financial assistance other than that provided by their parents, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Tim Lawler, chief executive of SportsAid, has been impressed with the support which has come from the event.

He said: “By raising money for SportsAid in this way, the Nottingham Lunch Club continues to make a telling contribution towards supporting young talented athletes from across the region.

“The money generated from these events helps to cover certain training and competition costs, and allows the athletes to focus on their sporting endeavours. It relieves a bit of that financial pressure but also provides them with deserved recognition of their achievements – they are performing to a high level and a SportsAid Award, particularly from their local community, can help provide an additional motivational boost.”

During the lunch, 14-year-old Ellissa Bradford from Nottingham was awarded £500 for her achievements in representing the country in BMX cycling.  Ellissa recently competed at the BMX World Championship in Columbia and is now UK national number one and ranked ninth in the world. Ellissa is part of the British Cycling Olympic Development Apprentice Programme and is the highest ranked British cyclist in Nottinghamshire, and the only female to represent the county in British cycling.

If you would like to support SportsAid by taking a table, contact Eleanor McGuinness on 0115 989 5316 or email

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