MIDDLESEX PLAYERS GET INTO THE FESTIVE MOOD AT SUNSHINE GARDEN CENTRE AS FUNDS ARE RAISED FOR THE ACADEMY SQUADS' 2019 TOUR TO SPAIN
At the weekend members of the Middlesex Professional and Academy squads were in Bounds Green, at the Sunshine Garden Centre - one of the club's official partners, to help them out with their annual Christmas tree orders.
On Saturday it was the turn of eighteen of the club's youngsters, from both the EPG1 and EPG2 Academy squads, and on Sunday it was the Professional squad's time to offer their assistance, as all donned festive hats and safety jackets for a day of festive hard work.
On one of the Garden Centre's busiest weekend's of the year, where customers flock to Bounds Green to purchase their Christmas trees, our partners at Sunshine were more than grateful for the help on offer, as the lads got to grips with the Christmas tree netting machine, before then helping customers take their trees to their cars.
In return, staff at the Sunshine Garden all helped collect donations for the Academy squads' 2019 tour to La Manga in Spain, planned for February - with the generosity of Sunshine's customers helping to raise in excess of £500 for the cause.
Next Saturday the Middlesex Women's squad will be heading to Sunshine, as they too look to offer their help to assist with what will be another busy trading day.
Angus Fraser, Middlesex Cricket's Managing Director of Cricket, who was himself present over the weekend, commented:
"It was good to see the Academy boys warming to the task of wrapping Christmas Trees and then delivering them to customers cars on Saturday. During the period I was there they seemed to be enjoying doing something together that, for once, wasn't cricket related. The professional staff were at The Sunshine Garden Centre on Sunday too and were equally useful. According to Ollie he was the number one tree salesman.
"Helping The Sunshine Garden Centre out at this time of the year is becoming an annual event and is proving good fun. In return I would like to thank Paul and Sunshine Garden Centre for their generous contribution towards the Academy Tour that is planned for La Manga in February 2019."
Paul Douglass, Director of Sunshine Garden Centre, commented:
"The weekend has been a great opportunity for us all to work together as a team, raising some good funds for the Academy's upcoming tour of Spain. A big thanks to all the players who upheld our high standards and planted many smiles on customer's faces. We are very proud to support Middlesex Cricket, and pleased to say that many could have a very strong career after Cricket selling Christmas Trees!"
Middlesex Cricket would like to pass on our thanks to all who donated towards funding the Academy trip - your support is hugely appreciated and our thanks too go to Sunshine garden Centre. A fun weekend was had by all.