Fancy dress cricket match in memory of teenager who died of meningitis

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SUPERMARKET workers and school staff donned fancy dress for a fund-raising sporting spectacle.

Employees at the Asda distribution centre, in Washington, took on teachers at Newbottle Primary for the charity Kwik Cricket game in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation.

The organisation funds studies to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, improve survival rates and treatment.

It also promotes education and awareness to reduce death and disability, as well as give support to people affected by the potentially deadly illness.

Jan Hall, events co-ordinator at Asda, said: “Our team went along to the school to take on the teachers.

“They were all in fancy dress and our colleagues, mostly men, were dressed as women.”

The match at the Houghton Road school, which raised a total of £371 for the charity, was inspired by Glenn Robinson, a 16-year-old, up-and-coming sports star who died from the brain bug in 1997.

“He went to Newbottle Primary and was a keen sportsman,” said Jan.

“He was very talented at cricket with great promise, playing for England as a youth player.

“Unfortunately, when Glenn was at secondary school he contracted meningitis and passed away. Every year, in his memory, Newbottle Primary present an award for ‘sporting attitude’.

“His family still raise money for meningitis research, with his father Ken devoting his life to help the Meningitis Research Foundation.

“Combining his love of cricket and raising money for meningitis research seemed like a good thing to do and completing the cricket in fancy dress mirrored the enjoyment of sport that Glenn also had himself.”

Jan, who helps organise a range of community and charity events for Asda, hailed the match a “big success”.

Kwik Cricket, played with a plastic bat and ball, is designed to provide children with an introduction to the sport and can take place either indoors or outdoors.

“It was a fantastic event and raised £371 for a great cause,” she said.

“The children watching and the staff from both Newbottle and Asda had a wonderful time.

“Newbottle were the winners, but I have my team in training for next year.”

For more information about the Meningitis Research Foundation, visit

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