Sarto Menswear donates £500 prize to The Lord’s Taverners

The winner of The Game Fair’s shop window dressing competition in Stratford-upon-Avon has donated the entire £500 prize to the countryside festival’s nominated charity.

Sarto Menswear, based at Old Red Lion Court, was judged to have created the best front window display to promote and capture the essence of The Game Fair, held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire last month.

A dozen independent retailers in the town centre were competing for The Game Fair’s £500 prize, but Sarto Menswear’s display was judged by the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon,
Councillor John Bicknell, to be the best.

When owner Andrew Nicholas learned that The Lord’s Taverners had been raising money towards a new 16-seater wheelchair accessible Ford minibus for Fort Royal School in Worcester at The Game Fair this year, he decided to donate his winning prize to the cause.

After handing over a cheque for £500, he said: “The Lord’s Taverners has been raising money for a very worthy cause at The Game Fair this year, so I am delighted that we are able to make this contribution. The competition was good fun and gave our shop window a new, countryside look for a couple of weeks.”

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.  

The charity’s corporate fundraising manager, Maria O’Donoghue, added: “This donation is a fantastic gesture from Sarto Menswear and makes a significant contribution towards our efforts to fund a new minibus for Fort Royal School. I’d like to thank Andrew and his team.”

The Game Fair, which is estimated to have been worth around £30 million to the regional and wider economy in Warwickshire,will return to Ragley Hall in the summer of 2020.

Pictured: The Lord’s Taverners development manager Tom Warner receiving a £500 cheque from Sarto Menswear owner Andrew Nicholas and The Game Fair’s head of marketing Gemma Payne. (Photo credit George Archer).