Sir Victor Blank, Chairman of the Wellbeing of Women foundation, hosted the annual cricket match in aid of the charity on Sunday 29 June, at Chippinghurst, near Oxford. The match was held to celebrate the life of Sir David Frost, who helped raise more than £10 million for Wellbeing of Women over three decades.
Sir David’s sons Miles, George and Wilfred Frost paid a special tribute to their father by taking part in the match for the first time. They played alongside an stellar line up of world cricket legends including Shane Warne, Desmond Haynes, Sachin Tendulkar, Kevin Pietersen, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, Gordon Greenidge and Andrew Flintoff.
Lady Carina Frost also attended the charity event along with well-known guests including Sir Michael Parkinson CBE who served as an umpire during the match; Piers Morgan and wife Celia, Lord Archer, Carol Vorderman, Claire Sweeney and the recently-retired royal obstetrician gynaecologist, Sir Marcus Setchell.
The teams were captained by Mark Nicholas and Shane Warne.
The money raised from this year’s event will be donated to the newly-created Sir David Frost Research Fund providing vital support for doctors’ training grants and research to improve the health of women and babies.
Sir David’s efforts were also applauded by Sir Victor Blank, who said:
“David was a superstar but he was also a super family man, a super human being and a wonderful friend. He was also a pretty decent wicket keeper!
“It was David who got me involved with Wellbeing for Women many years ago. His pitch was to me that he and his wife had managed to have three children easily and safely and he wanted to make sure that no other family was denied that pleasure.
“He helped raise money for Wellbeing for over 30 years and it is wonderful to see so many cricket legends and supporters of the charity celebrating Sir David.”
Liz Campbell, Director of Wellbeing of Women added:
“Sir David was extraordinarily generous with the time and energy he committed to Wellbeing of Women. He helped raise significant money for medical research and training grants and countless women and their families owe a great deal to him. Even if they never realise. Today in particular, his presence is sorely missed.”