Former England cricketer raises cash for Rainbows

Howzat for a virtual event – former England cricketer Matthew Hoggard MBE stages whisky and BBQ night to raise money for Rainbows. 

Matthew, who is a patron for our charity, will hold the event on Thursday 27 May via Zoom.

Working alongside Tomintoul Whisky, the event will see attendees receive a package containing three drams of Tomintoul’s finest whiskies together with some specially selected, freshly prepared, ready cooked, BBQ treats from Hoggy’s Grill.

There will also be a Q&A with Matthew, where people can ask about anything from burgers to cricket.

Matthew, who has raised thousands for us over the years, said: “My wife, Sarah, and I are passionate about Rainbows, it is such a wonderful place. Obviously, the past year has been a difficult time for the charity in terms of fundraising and we wanted to do something to help.

“We hope the evening will be a lot of fun for everyone taking part. At a time when it is difficult to meet friends and family, this event allows people to be sociable in the comfort of their own home while supporting a fantastic cause.”

Ali Furlong, Head of Community and Events at Rainbows, added: “We are always bowled over by the support we get from Matthew and Sarah and we know this event will be a real hit. We hope that people sign up and help Matthew to raise funds that help us to provide our vital services.”

Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £40 per person. All drinks and food will be sent in advance of the evening.

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