Cricket legend stars at charity dinner

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A FUNDRAISING dinner raised more than £5,000 with the help of cricket star Shaun Udal.

The evening was orgainsed by Fareham company Taylor Made, in aid of the Rainbow Centre and Comic Relief.

Hampshire cricket legend Shaun Udal, who took over 1,300 wickets in a career with Hampshire, Middlesex and England, entertained around 100 people on the night at Havant Rugby Club.

The night saw a charity auction with prizes including Boris Becker’s signed tennis racquet, a wine tasting by Hermitage Cellars, a meal at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel and a day as mascot for Hampshire’s cricket team.

It was the second time Taylor Made have held the event, with last year’s event raising £4,500 for the Rainbow Centre.

Taylor Made managing director Nigel Taylor said: ‘We were determined to beat our first year total and I’m delighted at what we’ve achieved.

‘Not only did people come and have a great time but at the same time we have helped make a difference to the lives of local children.

‘It’s a great result and we will be looking to build on this with an even bigger event next year.’