On August 10, the Oval played host to disadvantaged families from Slough, who enjoyed watching Surrey take on Warwickshire and other entertainment, including, a batting simulator, a magic show, face painting and balloon modelling. Families were also able to go on the pitch to experience how to be a cricketer first-hand, with an opportunity for photos.
The families attending were identified by Slough CVS, working in coordination with local charities Dash, Hestia, Home-Start Slough and Aik Saath. The day was also supported by Slough Community Transport, who provided pick up and drop offs for the clients. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and The Akshaya Patra Foundation provided goodie bags for the families to take home with gifts and mementos of the day.
Gautam Saraogi, a member of the CSJ Advisory Board and Slough CVS Trustee said: “We hope that everyone recognises that who, what, where we are is mostly determined by our family. For too long too many of us have paid lip service to the adage “family is the most important thing”; the lockdown has perhaps highlighted how much truth and wisdom there is in that saying, and the CSJ Family day not only serves to remind us of this but also simply give each of us time-out to celebrate our unit as a whole together.”
Slough CVS would like to thank the CSJ for facilitating a fantastic day out for the families.