The King of Spain’s Kili-Madness!
Former Warwickshire and England spinner, Ashley Giles, is ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this week and is set to play in the highest game of cricket ever played, on the summit of Africa.
‘The King of Spain’ is attempting the challenge to raise crucial funds for the PCA Benevolent Fund as he jets off to Tanzania on Thursday evening, before the seven day trek begins on Saturday as he joins ‘Mount Kili-Madness’.
At 5,785 metres, the game on Saturday 27 September will be over 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 adds to this challenge.
The former Bears and England coach has already been 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 has made the trip possible.
Giles has set an ambitious fundraising target of £5,785, which is a pound for each metre climbed during the trip up the famous mountain. All costs have now been paid, for which means every single penny raised will go directly to the PCA Benevolent Fund.
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 the game.
Few vocations carry so much uncertainty as that of the professional cricketer. The demands of playing any sport for a living leaves little time to consider and plan for unforeseen misfortunes in the future.
Therefore, we are delighted one of our members has decided to dedicate so much time and effort into financially supporting the work we do in helping past, present and future cricketers.
“I can’t wait to get out there and start the challenge now if I’m honest,” Giles admitted, with only days before ‘Mount Kili-Madness’ begins.
“The work the PCA do does not go unnoticed by the members it serves, and I’m proud to say I’m one of them so to give back to the game after my playing career has finished is something I’m really looking forward to.
“I’ve still been playing a bit of club cricket to keep me ticking over, but fair to say Nuneaton Cricket Club is not the same challenge as playing almost 6,000 metres in the sky. If you can donate as much as you can, I will really appreciate it and fingers crossed I can be successful and take a few wickets too.”
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.
Follow his progress on his Twitter account, @Gilo, where he will be keeping his followers up to date during the climb.
BENEFICIARIES SUPPORTING THE PCA BENEVOLENT FUND IN 2014
For the first time ever, the PCA BF is being supported by all the worthy players who have been awarded with benefit years for 2014.
Durham – Gareth Breese and Gordon Muchall
Essex – Alastair Cook
Sussex – Michael Yardy
Warwickshire – Jonathan Trott
Yorkshire – Tim Bresnan
Read more about our beneficiaries
DONATING TO CHRIS RUSHWORTH
After taking part in ‘Dry January’ in 2013, Durham CC bowler, Chris Rushworth, has decided to extend the timescale this time round and to raise money for the PCA Benevolent Fund and Save the Children.
Part of Durham’s Championship winning team last season, Chris is not only busy training ahead of the approaching season, but also organising events to help raise as much money as he can for his chosen charities.
He has also organised a Q&A session the night before the Durham v Yorkshire County Championship match in May, and a ‘Family Fun day’ is in the offing for late Summer at a local Co Durham cricket club, who have kindly ‘jumped on board’ to help out.
Please visit Chris’s mydonate fundraising page for donations and regular updates on his progress where he will leave regular updates on his progress.
He has received some great support from local companies, who have kindly donated items that can be auctioned and he would be grateful for any further donations.
GIVING JUST GOT COOLER
Paul Hutchison, the former Yorkshire player, has swapped the wearing of cricket clothing for the manufacture of it with Romwear. Paul is hoping to give something back to the game that gave him nearly a decade of enjoyment as a professional.
Now established as a dedicated supplier of multi-branded teamwear, Paul has come up with the concept of 6 Appeal. Donors can choose the PCA BF (one of a total of five nominated charities) when they order their hoodie or t-shirt. £5 from every sale is donated. Click here for all the details
Help raise money for the PCA Benevolent Fund by selling your old club or international gear online through ‘InMyLocker’.
It’s a simple concept – ‘InMyLocker’ pick up your spare/old/unused cricketing gear and sell it on their website to raise money for charity.
The profit of each sale will be split – 25% will go to the PCA and 25% will go to ‘InMyLocker’ – you can decide what to do with the rest.
£10k+ was raised for charity in 2013!
If you have any gear that you would like collected, please contact Oliver Styles on 07736 456 893, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MATTHEW WOOD DONATES FEES TO THE PCA BF
Matthew Wood – Personal Development Manager for Lancs, Notts and Yorks – had two recent speaking engagements and kindly donated his speaking fee to the charity. We really appreciate his support.
MORE PLAYER SUPPORT FOR THE BENEVOLENT FUND
Big thanks must go to Robert Croft for his recent donation to the Benevolent Fund (BF), following his benefit year in 2012. A cheque for £500 has been received from Crofty and we really appreciate his support of the BF throughout his benefit year.
SHANTRY TO SWIM THE CHANNEL FOR THE TOM MAYNARD TRUST AND BENEVOLENT FUND
Former Glamorgan seam bowler, Adam Shantry, has committed to swimming the English Channel in 2013 to raise funds for the Tom Maynard Trust.
The 30-year-old, who is a former playing colleague of Tom’s, was signed to Glamorgan by Tom’s father, Matthew Maynard, in 2008. Shantry aims to raise a five-figure sum to be shared between the Tom Maynard Trust and the PCA Benevolent Fund. He will be joined on the swim by former Warwickshire seamer, Tom Mees, and Mees’ partner, Emma Lawson. The swim will take place between 25 September and 2 October 2013, subject to the most favourable tide around that time.
Adam Shantry commented, “Having played with Tom, and worked under Matthew, I really wanted to do something to raise some money for the Trust. After retiring from professional cricket due to chronic knee injuries, I saw it as a great opportunity to help the PCA, who were really good to me when I was forced to retire. Obviously, with knee problems, I couldn’t join in with any of the cycling projects, and running was also out of the question, but I am a keen swimmer and this seemed to be a great fundraising opportunity.
We have been given a week’s window to swim, and we’ve sorted out all the logistical support issues we were faced with. Only 10% of those who attempt to swim the Channel on their own are successful, and because I didn’t want to let the Trust down in any way, we agreed it would be a good idea for three of us to swim in relay format, an hour at a time in turn. I’m really grateful that Tom and Emma have agreed to join me. We’re confident we can raise a significant sum of money, and I hope we can provide some publicity for the work the Trust is doing as the challenge draws nearer.”
Matthew Maynard also commented, “What a fantastic gesture. Shants has always been a bit off the wall, but I suppose if he can’t cycle or run then this is about as big a challenge as you can get! He tells me that they’re only allowed to wear a basic swimsuit, cap and goggles, so it’s going to be pretty cold. He also says there are 700 commercial ship movements, basking sharks and, depending on tides, they may end up having to wade for 25 miles. Even though they are swimming in a relay, this is still quite some effort. I take my hat off to the three of them and I’m really grateful that they have shown such commitment. The whole venture deserves a great deal of support and should raise a lot of money for both charities. As much as I enjoy getting involved in some of these ventures, I think I’ll be watching from a safe distance with this one!”
The charity is still at the stage of completing the paperwork to set up Just Giving on behalf of individual fundraisers, but details of how to support Shants’s swim and how to donate online will be publicized in due course.
For more information on the Trust, visit the website, www.tommaynardtrust.com/.
BOYCE - SUCCESSFULLY WALKED FOR MENTAL HEALTH
On 3rd December 2012 Matt Boyce of Leicestershire completed his amazing walk from John O'Groats to Land's End. The whole route took him 66 days.
Matt first decided to support a charity during the winter months of 2011/2012, after seeing an interview between Andrew Flintoff and Piers Morgan amidst the media coverage of the tragic deaths of sportsmen Gary Speed and Peter Roebuck. Matt realised how lucky he was not to have suffered from mental health issues and decided MIND and the PCA Benevolent Fund were the perfect charities for him to support. As a professional cricketer and a sportsman, he understood the difficulties of coping with the pressure and scrutiny of performing in the public eye. Matt decided to make a difference and support the two charities.
To find out more about Matt’s successful challenge, go to http://www.mattboycecharitywalk.co.uk as there is still time to donate!
To see PCA's Mind Matters tutorials go to http://pca.akriga.co.uk/mind-matters.html
Well done Matt!!
HENDERSON/FOSTER/SMITH DONATE TO THE CHARITY
Many thanks go to Claude Henderson, James Foster and Ben Smith as they become the latest players to join the ever-increasing list of players supporting the PCA Benevolent Fund.
Both players had recently been awarded benefit years, and have contributed to the Fund, which continues to work for those most in need within our cricketing family.
Notably, the £4,000 donated is Fozzie’s second contribution, after previously donating in 2010.