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PCA Benevolent Fund benefits from further Royal London support

Royal London have continued their support of the Professional Cricketers’ Association Benevolent Fund by presenting a cheque for £50,000 which will be used to assist  past and present cricketers in England and Wales in their hour of need.

The PCA partnership with Royal London is now in its third year and has helped to provide valuable financial support for the range of important services that the Benevolent Fund, the PCA’s charity, undertakes.

This year the PCA has set up a Legacy Year Appeal to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the players’ union with the goal of raising £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund.

Isobel Langton, Chief Executive of Royal London’s Intermediary Division, who presented the cheque to PCA Chief Executive David Leatherdale, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the PCA Benevolent Fund which does such valuable work in supporting current and past players in need.

“Working with the PCA, as they help professional cricketers plan for life beyond cricket, is a natural fit with Royal London’s core value of helping people plan for their financial futures.” 

The PCA Benevolent Fund was launched in 2000 to help former and current cricketers and their immediate family members in times of hardship and upheaval or to readjust to the world beyond cricket

“We are enormously grateful to Royal London for their very generous support of the PCA Benevolent Fund,” said David Ford, PCA Benevolent Fund Chairman.

“Providing services to support cricketers and their family members in their hour of need is expensive and we need to raise a significant amount of money to achieve that.

“Royal London’s contribution over the last three years has been invaluable in helping us to support cricketers in need and also to fund education programmes aimed at preventing health issues in the future.

“Some of the cases that the Benevolent Fund deals with are of a very sensitive nature and must remain confidential. But all of those we have helped are very grateful for the support of the Benevolent Fund and for Royal London’s generosity.”

The Benevolent Fund has taken a proactive approach to helping educate players on health and wellbeing matters to help prevent problems down the line

The Benevolent Fund also supports players – past and present – and their dependants with medical advice, operations, specialist care, advice and assistance.

The range of help provided by the PCA Benevolent Fund with Royal London’s support includes a 24-hour confidential helpline, specially-adapted vehicles for members in wheelchairs, physiotherapy, emergency operations and financial assistance.

For further information about the PCA Benevolent Fund, click here.