Varsity Cricket Match held in memory of Leeds Met student
The event, which took place at Sports Park Weetwood, was held as a memorial match for Tommy Hardman, the former Leeds Met student who passed away suddenly last year.
A large crowd of cricket fans and friends of Tommy from both universities and cricket clubs across Yorkshire and Lancashire gathered on the sunny evening to soak up the atmosphere and remember Tommy for what he loved doing best.
A team of 15 volunteers helped welcome spectators to Sports Park Weetwood, run a raffle and raise awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). CRY was established to increase awareness of the conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death in young people, and is a charity that the Hardman family wishes to acknowledge following the support they have received since Tommy's death.
Over £500 was raised on the night and donations can be still made by visiting www.justgiving.com/tommyhardmanvarsity.
Tommy's parents, Margaret and Richard Hardman, attended and presented the inaugural Leeds Varsity Cricket trophy to the winning team, University of Leeds, who triumphed by 32 runs.
Tommy, who 'lived for cricket' and who has been described by friends as 'an inspirational character who always had a smile on his face,' sadly passed away on Wednesday 28 November 2012.
The Twenty20 Varsity is only one of the many fundraising efforts that our students, staff and friends are doing in his memory.
Tommy's former classmates have arranged the annual Sport and Exercise Science Ball, which is to be held at the Queens Hotel later this month. As part of the fundraising the students have managed to negotiate with the Queens Hotel to have 5% of the bar takings put towards the charity.
Sports and Exercise Science lecturer and Tommy's Personal Tutor, Adrian Schonfeld, also ran the London Marathon earlier this year, raising over £1,000 for CRY.