Barcelona trip, Jofra Archer jumper and chance to play at Sussex HQ up for grabs in cricket auction
From a weekend of wine-tasting in Barcelona to a limited-edition T20 jumper signed by Jofra Archer, Sussex Cricket officials have donated a host of amazing items to the ‘Together Through This Test’ auction.
The auction, which has been launched by the ECB in partnership with all 18 first-class counties, the PCA and the MCC, will raise money for local charities across England and Wales.
Funds raised from items donated by Sussex Cricket will go back into the local community, with supporters invited to nominate charities they believe would benefit from the ‘Together Through This Test’ auction. Details of the nomination process will be announced in the coming weeks.
Approximately 20% of the money raised will also be donated to the Sussex Cricket Foundation, the charitable arm of Sussex Cricket, who continue to actively change lives through cricket within the county of Sussex.
As well as the weekend trip to Barcelona and Archer’s signed jumper, other auction items include ground hire of the 1st Central County Ground for your very own T20 match, club captain Ben Brown’s bespoke wicket-keeping gloves and dinner cooked by a MasterChef champion.
A round of golf with Danny Briggs and Stuart Meaker can also be purchased, while the chance to become a winemaker with Ridgeview, Alex Carey’s match-worn Sharks shirt, hospitality packages at Sussex games and an overnight stay at the luxury Bailliffscourt Hotel & Spa are also up for grabs.
Newbery are offering you the chance to design your own bat, you can dust off your golf clubs and play six rounds on the iconic Goodwood championship courses, you could have the ultimate dinner party thanks to Sussex's head chef, Mikey Bowell and Harvey’s could deliver two kegs of their best bitter to your doorstep.
A Sussex spokesman said: "We would like to thank our fantastic sponsors, supporters and friends of the club for their kind donation of items. Hopefully, the amazing selection on offer will appeal to a wide range of people, and a considerable amount of money can be raised for various charities across our county.
"We do, however, also appreciate that the times we currently find ourselves in are difficult for some, and while you might love to donate to the ‘Together Through This Test’ auction, you might not be in a position to do so.
"Therefore, we are also launching the ‘Send a Sid’ campaign, which asks fans to purchase a cuddly Sid the Shark toy for £15, with £5 from each purchase being added to Sussex’s ‘Together Through This Test’ fund.
"Buy your Sid today and put a smile on a loved one's face or, keep it for yourself - all whilst helping raise money for a worthwhile cause."
The full list of auction items donated by Sussex Cricket and partners, along with the items donated by the ECB, the PCA, the MCC and the other 17 first-class counties, can be viewed here.
Businesses who donated items for the auction include
Ridgeview Wine Estate
* Sussex Cricket would also like to thank Trent Bridge sponsors, John Pye Auctions. John Pye Auctions are supporting the initiative by waiving all fees and commissions and will host the lots on their secure online auction platform.