TOGETHER THROUGH THIS TEST
HOW THE MIDDLESEX NETWORK HAS COME TOGETHER TO OFFER SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE CURRENT COVID-19 CRISIS
We are Together Through This Test. It's been heart-warming to see how the cricket community has come together to support each other and the nation throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, with over 200 initiatives running to support local communities.
Players and clubs – both professional and recreational – are going above and beyond in their efforts to boost morale, raise money and help those most in need during this difficult time.
From supporting vulnerable members with phone calls through the #MakeThatCall initiative, to volunteering to support for the NHS to supporting charities helping those most in need across the country.
Across Middlesex, we've been made aware of a huge number of initiatives of support, and here's just a snapshot of what's been going on at the club and across the cricket network in our county to offer support...
- Middlesex professional cricketers recording personal messages of support for the Government's 'Stay At Home' campaign - pushed out by the club across its communications channels
- Middlesex Cricket staff, past players and Board Directors calling members to check on welfare and wellbeing and to offer a friendly voice to talk about the game we love throughout lockdown
- Improved and more regular digital communications going out from the club to its members and fans to maintain engagement throughout the current cricketing hiatus, with brand new content, 'live' match streams, archive content, competitions, quizzes and much more
- Middlesex Cricket supporting a dedicated coronavirus appeal for the club's charity partner, The Felix Project, who are helping to distribute food to the capital's most needy during lockdown, with players recording personal messages of support. Details and donations HERE
- Middlesex's Men and Women cricketers, Academy players and County Age Group players all supporting the Ruth Strauss Foundation with support for their #RSF26 campaign. Donations can be made HERE
- Messages of support and congratulations from the club, its players and from Mike Gatting for Captain Tom Moore, for his incredible fundraising efforts for the NHS and to celebrate his one hundredth birthday
- Staff and players registering to join the NHS volunteers programme
- High value auction items provided by Middlesex Cricket to a national cricket auction to raise funds for the NHS
- Middlesex Participation Team's Shakeel Ahmed raised over £2,500 to support villagers from his home village in Bangladesh, providing much needed essential food items
- Middlesex's Participation Team recorded personal videos of support for the #ClapForOurKeyWorkers campaign
- Middlesex Participation Team have launched a dedicated series of kids challenges through their social media channels, featuring cricket skill based challenges, educational challenges, fun games and much more besides, to ensure that young cricket fans across the county remain in touch with the game and with Middlesex Cricket during lockdown
- Kenton Cricket Club - awarded life social memberships to a local resident and his family, for volunteering to clean up the pavilion exterior in his own time
- Eastcote Cricket Club - donated bar and kitchen sundries to their local food bank who support those in the local community
- Ickenham Cricket Club - Have raised over £2,500 so far for a local homeless charity. Information and donations can be made HERE
- North Middlesex Cricket Club - hosting regular virtual pub quizzes to keep members and players engaged in lockdown, and have launched a service to feed the NHS lifesavers who are faced with canteens
closing at 5pm. Information and donations can be made HERE
End Cricket Club - Have raised over £1,000 via member donations for a local foodbank
- North London Muslims Cricket Club - Have started a delivery service for elderly and vulnerable people
in the local community
- Stanmore Cricket Club - Raising awareness and funds to feed a cricketer in South Africa. Information and donations can be made HERE
Further information on activities happening across the cricket network can be found on the ECB website on a dedicated COVID-19 'Together Through This Test' hub HERE
If you're doing anything for the community in your area, then we'd love to hear from you, and would be happy to feature your support initiatives in future updates we'll be posting. Please email what you're doing, however big or small, to [email protected]
Thanks to everyone for your efforts - we truly are TOGETHER THROUGH THIS TEST