Sports Celebrity Dinner raises over £1500 for new Minehead Cricket Pavilion

Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan, MBE, and Somerset Cricketer Arul Suppiah were the special guests at the recent Sports Celebrity Fundraising Dinner which was held at The Culbone  in association with Minehead Cricket Club. The sporting stars helped to raise over £1500 which will go towards the building of Minehead Cricket Club’s new pavilion, due for completion this summer.

It was a full house at the restaurant where Head Chef Jack Scarterfield and his team produced a delicious 3-course meal including Ruby Red Devon Beef Steak and Pork Belly with celeriac mash and purple sprouting broccoli. The Culbone has recently won awards for its great menus and has been praised for its commitment to local produce and suppliers, as well as its warm and friendly service.

Managing Director, and keen cricket fan, Mark Sanders was delighted with how the evening went. “After all the snow we were dreading having to cancel the evening, but the roads opened just in time and everyone made it up here for one of the best nights we’ve ever had. It was really successful and we would love this to become an annual event.”

This function was the first of Arul Suppiah’s benefit year and he opened the after dinner entertainment with a varied and wide-ranging question and answer session. Locally, Arul Suppiah will also be playing in a summer benefit match along with Marcus Trescothick on Friday 9 August at Minehead Cricket Club – with a pre-match buffet to be served in the new pavilion. Rugby international Mark Regan, MBE, gave a hilarious speech on his famous rugby career covering his time as a member of the side that won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, and as a British Lion.

The main sponsors of the evening were Jewson Builders Merchants of Minehead who are also the suppliers of the building materials for the new cricket pavilion. Extra funds were raised by a raffle and auction from which proceeds were shared between the Benefit Fund, Arul’s chosen charities Children’s Hospice South West & the PCA Benevolent Fund, and Minehead Cricket Club’s new pavilion fund.

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