A CRICKET club which had hundreds of pounds worth of equipment stolen has received a surprise donation to replace the kit.
Connah’s Quay Cricket Club had more than £800 worth of junior kit and playing equipment stolen from their pavilion on Cable Street.
The theft had club organisers baffled and without a load of junior kit just months before their summer season starts.
However, they have now received a welcome boost in the form of a £500 donation from businessman Gary Dewhurst to replace some of their stolen kit.
Mr Dewhurst, founder of Wrexham-based recruitment firm, Gap Personnel, explained why he put his hand into his pocket: “We’re heavily involved in the Connah’s Quay community as we’re the sponsors of G ap Connah’s Quay FC.
“I saw a news item with a group of glum people, including AM Carl Sargeant, mentioning that the club had been broken in to.
“I love Connah’s Quay and contacted Carl, who put me in touch with the club and we’ve winged over a cheque for £500.”
Connah’s Quay Cricket Club vice-chairman Dave Jones was delighted with news of the donation.
He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. We’d heard noises about a donation and this is great news.
“With that money we’ll be able to replace the kit. I’m sure our chairman Kenny Roberts will be in touch to thank Gary.
“It’s a really welcome boost ahead of the season.”
Mr Dewhurst’s generosity was also praised by Mr Sargeant, the Alyn and Deeside AM.
He said: “As soon as an appeal was made Gary got in touch with me to ask for contact details for the club and said he wanted to make a donation to help them.
“I believe he has now spoken with the chairman and £500 is on its way to the club, which is absolutely fantastic news.
“Incidents like this, while unfortunate, really show that community spirit is still very much alive in Deeside.
“It’s great that companies, clubs and organisations are willing to step in and help each other out when things go wrong.
“I hope the donation helps to soften the blow Connah’s Quay Cricket Club has suffered and I would like to thank Gary and the team at Gap Personnel for their generosity.”
Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101, quoting reference number RC14036414.