Former England cricket Darren Gough has been bowled over at a charity ball he attended raising £50,000.
The Barnsley-born former cricketer was among 300 guests at a charity ball at Sheffield City Hall, which was organised by Investec Wealth & Investment.
The ball forms part of the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge, which takes place between July 12 and 15 and will see 100 members of staff and guests cycling 300 miles over four days between five Ashes Test Match grounds - Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Lord’s and Kia Oval, finishing on the eve of the second Test Match, which is sponsored by Investec.
Olympic silver medallist diver Leon Taylor, who is taking part in the cycling challenge alongside Darren, also attended the ball.
Cash raised will go to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham and Lord’s Taverners - a youth cricket and disability sports charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a chance to play.
TV antiques expert Charles Hanson, from Bargain Hunt, also attended and auctioned off lots including a Crucible World Snooker package, a Steven Gerrard signed shirt, tickets for The X Factor, tickets for the Ashes series at Lord’s, an Ed Sheeran-signed T-Shirt, tickets to a One Direction gig and a trip to New York with a £3,000 voucher to spend with Trailfinders.
The top bid for the evening was £6,000, which was matched by another guest, raising £12,000 in total, for a trip to the US Golf Masters with a group including Darren Gough.
Darren said: “It was great to be back in Yorkshire for a fantastic night of fundraising.”
James Bedingfield, Senior Investment Director at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “This event was a phenomenal success, which is down to the amazing support of our guests.
“It was great to hear representatives of our two nominated charities - Bluebell Wood and Lord’s Taverners - speak at the ball about how the money we raise would help severe ill and disadvantaged young people. We are even more excited now about setting off on the cycle challenge in July.”