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BENEVOLENT FUND 2016 News

 

The Flintoffs win £5000 for Benevolent fund in all star mr & mrs



Andrew and Rachael Flintoff recently took part in All Star Mr & Mrs, and won £5,000 for The PCA Benevolent Fund charity.

They competed against singer Paul Potts and his wife Julie-Ann and Eastenders actress Kellie Bright and her husband Paul. Many thanks to our President and his wife for nominating us to be their chosen charity.

 

 


 

 

‘When the Eye Has Gone’ – Tickets now on sale 


‘When the Eye Has Gone’ is a one man show based on the life of Colin ‘Ollie Milburn’.  It has been written by James Graham-Brown, the former Kent and Derbyshire all-rounder turned playwright, and produced by Live Wire Theatre in association with the PCA.  It will be touring all county ground venues in November 2017 and tickets for all performances are now on sale. 

Set in the bar of The North Briton pub in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, When The Eye Has Gone tells the all too brief life of Colin ‘Ollie’ Milburn - the cricketing legend who was one of England’s most unlikely sporting heroes.

“The play is the next innovative step in our education and awareness of personal development and welfare, in particular mental health and wellbeing,” said Jason Ratcliffe, Assistant Chief Executive of the PCA.  “It builds on a number of initiatives, notably the Mind Matters series, in recent years and builds on the Personal Development and Welfare Programme across the 18 first-class counties and MCC Young Cricketers. There have been too many tragic instances of ex-professional cricketers losing their way when their playing days are over. We hope that seeing ‘When the Eye Has Gone’ will help everyone involved in the game understand the issues behind these tragedies and focus attention on how to prevent them.”

The action takes place on the 28th February 1990 during Milburn’s cabaret performance as “Jolly Ollie”, the character he had developed to conceal his insecurities and suffering.

With songs, anecdotes and a large gin and coke, the story swings backwards and forwards through Milburn’s life as he raises a glass to his triumphs, including his first Test Century against the West Indies at Lords in 1966 and the disaster of losing his left eye in a car accident in 1969. 

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To book tickets at any of the 18 county grounds, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-professional-cricketers-association

Tickets are priced at £10 or £8 for concessions.

 

 


 

The PCA’s 50th Anniversary Legacy Appeal
supported by Royal London

 

 

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Association which has developed from humble beginnings by a group of visionaries, which included Fred Rumsey and the late Jack Bannister, to an organisation that has led the way in player representation, Personal Development and Welfare, mental health awareness, setting up a confidential helpline and extensive education programmes for anti-corruption and gambling addiction in sport.

To celebrate the PCA’s Golden Jubilee we will be embarking on a major fundraising initiative, which we hope will raise £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund to ensure we can keep delivering key services to all members.

We’re asking all members, whether current or former players, to pledge one thing to us for our 2017 online auction.

Geoffrey Boycott, the former England and Yorkshire opening batsman, has already set the ball rolling by donating a printed cloth commemorating his 100th first-class century which he scored against Australia in the 1977 Headingley Test.

Other early donations include autographed bats from former England batsman Chris Tavare, a framed and signed scorecard from the first Benson and Hedges Cup final in 1972 from former Leicestershire all-rounder John Steele and a John Player League winners' medal and other memorabilia from former Worcestershire and Gloucestershire seamer Brian Brain. 

The auction will go live at the end of January 2017 and details of how to bid for the items will be released nearer to the date.  Further details available from Jason Ratcliffe jratcliffe@thepca.co.uk and Ali Prosser aprosser@thepca.co.uk

 

 


 

 

MORE SUPPORT FROM BENEFICIARIES

 

 

Many thanks to Alastair Cook and Graeme Onions for their donations to the PCA Benevolent Fund.Their support of our charity during their benefit year is much appreciated.

 


 

 

BENEFICIARIES SUPPORTING THE PCA BENEVOLENT FUND 

 

A big thank you to Richard Pyrah and Tim Murtagh who have made a donation to the PCA Benevolent Fund from their 2015 benefit year fundraising.                                            

 


 

BBR3 – 6-10TH OCTOBER 2017

 

As part of the PCA's 50th Birthday celebrations and what is likely to be the TMT's last major fund-raiser we’re going back on the road again! Cycling from Edgbaston, Birmingham and into Snowdonia before finishing in Cardiff for a Gala Dinner on 10th October.

We know we'll have the support of many of our members, with lots already pledging their support to take up the challenge again and now we're looking for riders and sponsors to share the experience and to make it a bumper third ride in every way!

BBR3 will be a real challenge but full of camaraderie and fun so, if you are interested in taking part in the ride or becoming a sponsorship partner please contact Ali Prosser aprosser@thepca.co.uk

 

 

 


 

JOE DENLY RAISES FUNDS FOR BENEVOLENT FUND DURING HIS “DRY YEAR”

 

 

Joe has been a professional cricketer for 13 years and is currently playing with Kent CCC.  

On New Year’s Eve he decided to take the plunge and raise money for two charities close to his heart by not having an alcoholic drink in the whole of 2016!

He said “I have seen what a great job the Benevolent Fund does in supporting past and present players and their families, so I am keen to support the cricketing family as you never know when you may need their help."

Joe will also be raising funds for Cancer Research as three very close members of his family have had their own fights with cancer recently.  Thankfully all coming through okay.

To support Joe during his dry year please go to  http://www.justgiving.com/joe-denly1/

 


 

2016 BENEFICIARIES 

 

Andrew Gale, Yorks CCC, Daryl Mitchell, Worcs CCC, Phil Mustard, Durham CCC and Darren Stevens, Kent CCC will be raising funds for the Benevolent Fund during their benefit years. 

Many thanks to all of them for their support of the charity.

 


 

BENEVOLENT FUND GOLF DAY AT WOBURN  

 

 

The 2016 charity golf day at Woburn will take place on 6th October on the wonderful Marquess Course.  Please register your interest to take a team with Ali Prosser aprosser@thepca.co.uk.

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BBR3 RETURNS IN 2017 

 

Plans are already developing quickly for 2017 with a Birmingham to Cardiff ride being planned for early October.

2017 is PCA's 50th Birthday and Birmingham is where players assembled for its first AGM in 1967.

The Tom Maynard Trust has obvious connections with Wales and therefore, we plan to trek into much of the country‎ and finish with a celebratory dinner in Cardiff at the Swalec Stadium. 

To register your interest and to enjoy a challenging but fun experience, please contact Ali Prosser aprosser@thepca.co.uk.            

 


 

CRICKET UNITED

 

Saturday 13th August 2016 is the date where the Kia Oval will turn blue for the third day of the fourth Investec Test between England and Pakistan.

  


BENEVOLENT FUND 2015 News

 

BENEFICIARIES SUPPORTING THE PCA BENEVOLENT FUND 2015 

 

Tim Murtagh
Middlesex

 

 Graham Onions
Durham

 

 Ian Westwood
Warwickshire

   
             

 

 Hamish Marshall
Gloucestershire

 

Richard Pyrah
Yorkshire

 
       

 


 

Thank you to 2014 Beneficiaries who donated to the PCA Benevolent Fund 

A big thank you to Steve Harmison and Michael Yardy who have made a donation to the PCA Benevolent Fund from their benefit year fundraising.

Steve Harmison

 

 

Michael Yardy




 

THE BIG BIKE RIDE 2 - 9-13 OCTOBER 2015 – TRURO - KIA OVAL

 

The 5 day rider places are now full.  We do have a few day places available so to register your interest please contact Ali Prosser - aprosser@thepca.co.uk

 

 


 

 

THE KING OF SPAIN’S KILI-MADNESS!

 

Former Warwickshire and England spinner, Ashley Giles last year climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to play in the highest game of cricket ever played, on the summit of Africa. The King of Spain’  rose to the challenge to raise crucial funds for the PCA Benevolent Fund.

At 5,785 metres, the game on Saturday 27 September was played at 600 metres higher than the current world record, set in 2009. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is challenging in itself, with altitude sickness a common cause of failure; so the idea of putting in the stumps and playing a full T20 match is something that only added to the challenge.

The former Bears and England coach was well-supported in the build-up to departing for Africa with three major specialist companies providing Giles with the correct kit to tackle the elements of Kilimanjaro. Haglöfs UK, Cotswold Outdoor and Musto Clothing have donated items such as hiking boots, sleeping bags and thermal clothing, which made the trip possible.

Raising money for the Fund is a crucial part of the PCA’s commitment to helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship and upheaval, or to readjust to a life beyond and you can sponsor Gilo by donating on his Just Giving page or by text donation. All you have to do is text GILO59 followed by either £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.