Lord’s is the only major sports venue in Westminster – a borough of London which houses both great wealth and extreme deprivation. Church Street ward, just down the road from Lord’s, is within the 10% most deprived wards in the UK, with a third of children needing free school meals.
The Foundation works closely with MCC’s Community Development Department to identify and fund projects that will enhance the lives of those living in the communities local to Lord’s.
We previously funded a league competition for state secondary schools across Westminster. The league was delivered by MCC Community coaches, and for most participants it was their first time playing competitive cricket. Several players went on to join the MCCF Hub at Lord's.
COVID-19 hindered our ability to deliver cricket in the community in 2020, but we were determined to find ways to support local residents. Working closely with Westminster City Council and social enterprise, Unity Works, we helped fund a vital project to feed Westminster’s most vulnerable residents during the height of lockdown.
It was inspiring to see how generously our supporters responded to this campaign; over £81,000 was donated and this provided 27,000 meals to those most in need of our support.