Charities, players and fans unite to improve lives through cricket
Three leading cricket charities, The Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund, are teaming up today (Friday 23rd August) for ‘Cricket United ’; the UK’s biggest ever cricket charity day.
The aim of the day is to raise funds and awareness for the three charities that share a common goal to improve lives through cricket.
For the first time, the England Test team will have a charitable logo on their shirt collars during play and England’s management team will also be wearing Cricket United branded tops.
The charities are asking fans to show their support by wearing blue - a colour that unites the three charities - to the ground today and help turn the Kia Oval into a sea of blue. A range of fundraising activity, including a ground raffle giving fans a chance to win a trip to the Brisbane Ashes Test in November, will help raise money for the causes.
Earlier this summer members of the Men’s and Women’s England team sketched portraits of each other raising £11,500 for the joint fundraising appeal.
Alastair Cook said, “We are delighted to be continuing to support Cricket United. It’s been a fantastic summer of cricket and the three charities working together can leave a real legacy for cricket from the Investec Ashes series. I can’t wait to see the Kia Oval turn blue today.”
Other highlights of the day include:
Andrew Strauss and a host of ambassadors are lending their support to the day and the charities are working in close partnership with England & Wales Cricket Board, Surrey County Cricket Club and their key sponsors.
The three charities share a common purpose to improve lives through cricket. Funds raised from the day will be split evenly and will help:
Those not at the ground can still support the day by making an online donation via the Cricket United page, buying a Cricket United tie from the T.M. Lewin website, buying a seat on Cricket United virtual Supporters’ Stadium via cricketunited.co.uk or spreading the word on social media using #cricketunited.
For more information visit www.cricketunited.co.uk
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