Howzat for a Leeds charity event

Geoffrey Boycott with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter.
Geoffrey Boycott with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter.
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A dinner to mark the 40th anniversary of Geoffrey Boycott scoring his 100th first class century at Headingley raised more than £50,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

The event, which was held at Geoffrey’s home in Boston Spa, was organised to celebrate the milestone in his cricketing career and to raise money for the charity, of which he is a patron.

Geoffrey said: “This was a very special anniversary for me – I was the 18th batsman in the

history of the game to score a hundred first class centuries, but the first to do so in a Test match.

“I knew we needed to do something special to mark the occasion, and as a patron of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance I couldn’t think of anything better than a celebration dinner at our home to raise money for the charity. I left it to my wife Rachael to organise, and what a splendid job she did. It was a cracking night.”

Around 180 people attended the evening which featured an auction run by Yorkshire auctioneer Caroline Hawley.

Geoffrey took to the stage with friend and BBC Look North presenter, Harry Gration, to talk about the highs and lows of his cricketing career, and relive that moment at Headingley 40 years ago. Archive film footage was shown spanning Geoffrey’s career.

Peter Sunderland, chairman of the YAA, said: “To raise over £50,000 in a few small hours for the YAA is just phenomenal. We really cannot thank Geoffrey and Rachael enough for organising the evening, and making us their beneficiary. Geoffrey is a wonderful patron of the charity, and Rachael is an equally wonderful ambassador – we were privileged to have been involved in what was a most special evening.”