Our charities


The Lord’s Taverners is a thriving club, the official charity for recreational cricket and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.

We envisage a future where all young people, irrespective of background and ability, have the everyday opportunity to play cricket and other competitive sports and enjoy physical activities to the benefit of their self-esteem, health, education and future socio-economic potential. Our charitable mission is to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people using cricket and other forms of sport and recreation to engage with them. Our strongest sporting relationships are with the cricketing family, but we also work with a wide range of other sports including rugby, football, tennis and basketball. The Lord’s Taverners benefits hugely from the fundraising activities of The Lady Taverners, Young Lord’s Taverners our Regions and 5,000 high net worth members, many of whom are drawn from the world of sport and entertainment.

The Lord’s Taverners gives disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance by:

  • Encouraging participation in youth cricket, particularly in disadvantaged areas
  • Management and support of inner city and other youth cricket competitions and programmes
  • Funding to re-establish cricket in state schools
  • Grants towards non-turf pitches to increase the opportunities for young people to play
  • Donating hundreds of cricket equipment bags to clubs and school teams across the UK
  • Supporting sporting and recreational activities for youngsters with special needs
  • Donating specially adapted minibuses and sports wheelchairs, giving young people vital transportation and access to sport and recreation
  • Creating new pathways for participation, development and competition in sport
  • Providing grants for play, sports and sensory equipment

Registered Charity Number 306054




“For hundreds of thousands of suffering people, the words ‘Mercy Ships’ promise a brighter future; a cure from physical deformities and ailments, an escape from poverty, a sense of dignity and self worth.”

It’s a simple idea, a floating hospital, crewed by extraordinary volunteers from around 40 nations, ranging from surgeons, dentists and nurses to engineers, administrators and cooks. The charity operates the world’s largest NGO hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, which relies entirely on voluntary donations, and volunteers who serve on board from as little as two weeks. Around 450 volunteers are on board at any one time with some crew having served for more than 20 years. In additional to the time and talent each volunteer dedicates to Mercy Ships, they also have to pay their own air fares to the ship and pay crew fees to cover the cost of their time on board. This model enables Mercy Ships to use a greater percentage of donations to directly help patients. The volunteer medical teams provide a range of free services including eye, orthopaedic, dental and maxillo-facial surgeries, as well as surgeries to heal women injured in childbirth.

The Africa Mercy hospital ship has 5 operating theatres, Xray facilities, CT scanner, a pharmacy, laboratory and intensive care unit, and beds for around 80 patients. For more than 35 years, Mercy Ships fleet of floating hospitals has been the hope on the horizon for millions of people in the poorest countries in the world. Mercy Ships has made over 575 port visits and today, continues to provide free, specialist health care and sustainable community development to men, women and children broken down through poverty and disease.

Registered Charity Numbers 1053055 (England & Wales), SCO39743 (Scotland)