GALLERY: Visitors stump up for pupil’s charity overs

Two of England’s finest cricket captains came to Bedford to help a schoolgirl fulfil her goal of raising money for charity.

Alistair Cook and Graham Gooch joined 17-year-old Izzy Gurney to host a day of sport.

Cricket legends Graham Gooch and Alistair Cook visit Bedford Girls' School and Bedford School to help them raise funds for charity Playing for Pitches PNL-160622-103627001

Cricket legends Graham Gooch and Alistair Cook visit Bedford Girls' School and Bedford School to help them raise funds for charity Playing for Pitches PNL-160622-103627001

The cricket legends held masterclasses for the pupils of Bedford Girls’ School and Bedford School, and signed shirts.

Izzy, who is in Year 12 and keeps wicket for the Buckinghamshire U17 county side, organised the event, which included a barbecue, raffle and a game between the two schools’ teachers.

Parents and visitors also paid to play on the day.

The money raised will go to Afghan Connection, a charity which supports refugees returning to Afghanistan, and its programme to promote gender equality for girls through cricket.

Cricket legends Graham Gooch and Alistair Cook visit Bedford Girls' School and Bedford School to help them raise funds for charity Playing for Pitches PNL-160622-103716001

Cricket legends Graham Gooch and Alistair Cook visit Bedford Girls' School and Bedford School to help them raise funds for charity Playing for Pitches PNL-160622-103716001

Bedford Girls’ School marketing director Jemma Trobe said: “It is part of the school ethos to engage in community and charity work. Our girls are passionate about the rights of girls and woman across the world, and choose to support causes which address these issues.”