The PCA Benevolent Fund is part of the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s commitment to helping former and current players and their dependants in times of hardship and upheaval, or to readjust to the world beyond the game.
Support Beyond The Game
The demands of playing professional sport leaves little time to consider and subsequently plan for unforeseen misfortunes in the future.
A concerted and proactive drive to help and educate on all health and wellbeing issues is key in helping to negate problems further down the line.
The Benevolent Fund provides support for players and their dependants who might need medical advice, care and assistance or having difficulty adjusting to life after cricket in their new career.
Benevolent issues can sometimes be the difference between life and death, this emphasises the important work that the PCA does in generating funds.
The Confidential Helpline has been set up for members of the PCA who would like to talk to a professional counsellor and therapist in absolute confidence.
If a player is struggling with a personal problem such as drink, drugs, gambling, dependency, bereavement, depression anything that may be affect their life help is a phone call away.
The helpline is free and confidential with experienced counsellors who understand the pressure of the profession. But it does not need be the first call…
A member is welcome to speak to any PCA employee or colleague who can put help in touch straight away. If a member is in severe danger help will be with them within hours.
We encourage members not to delay a phone call, there is no such thing as a time waster with this service.
The Benevolent Fund provides specialist equipment for those in need, including specially adapted vehicles for members who have suffered life changing accidents away from cricket. Emergency operations have also been funded including remedial physiotherapy.
As part of the PCA’s commitment to raising mental health issues through the Mind Matters initiative, a confidential helpline is funded by the Benevolent Fund which has directly helped hundreds of members since its inception in 2007.
Who We’ve Helped
After becoming paralysed from the chest down, Winston Davis was told he would never walk again. The former fast-bowler received a fund from the PCA Benevolent Fund that paid for a specially adapted motor vehicle which allows him to stay mobile.
A player who was at the inaugural PCA meeting in 1967, the former Lancashire captain needed the help of the organisation he helped establish. After falling in the shower, a long NHS waiting list for a hip organisation forced the Benevolent Fund to step in, and fund a private operation to relive the pain.
Despite only playing four first-class games, former Notts batsman, Joshue Mierkalns still received the help of the PCA Benevolent Fund after a life-threatening intestinal illness. The fund provided support until he was fit enough to return to work.
The former Yorkshire player suffered a life-changing broken neck in 1998 that left him paralysed from the neck down. The Benevolent Fund provided him with a specially adapted vehicle that has allowed him greater freedom, with his carers able to get him around easier.
After the loss of his son, Tom, the former England batsman Matthew Maynard turned to the PCA to help him through the ordeal. Matt and his family received counselling and still seek specialist support whenever they need it.
The former Kent and Derbyshire fast bowler sought the help of the PCA after a failed suicide attempt in 2016. After a phone call to the PCA, Cusden had received funding from the Benevolent Fund for rehabilitation within 20 minutes of the call. Cusden has thanked the PCA for saving his life.
Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, Brian Rose lost all confidence when he fell and knocked out teeth – making it hard for him to speak in team meetings and in public. The PCA Benevolent Fund paid for his dental implant surgery, restoring that lost confidence, allowing him to live his life as normal.
After the breakup of a long-term relationship, Wayne Law received help from the PCA Benevolent Fund twice to get him through at his lowest ebb. Receiving financial payments in 2014 to get his life back on track, Law contemplated suicide in 2016 after a painkiller addiction. The PCA Benevolent Fund paid for his rehabilitation at the Priory in Bristol.
The PCA Benevolent Fund.
- Andrew Flintoff MBE
- David Ford
- David Leatherdale
- Geoff Davies
- Ian Thomas
- Marcus Trescothick
- Peter Walker
- David Ford
- David Graveney OBE
Registered Charity Number: 1120088
Personal Development &
A team of six-strong Personal Development and Welfare Managers (PDMs) help prepare players for life after cricketers through their holistic work.
They recognise that cricket is likely to be the focus of the players’ lives, and so provide guidance on how to maximise their cricketing focus, whilst also fulfilling other areas of their life such as education and career.
The aim of the PDMs is to work closely with cricketers, coaches and support staff as part of an integrated team to minimise potential concerns, conflicts and distractions, all of which can be detrimental to a player’s performance, and at worst, may end a career prematurely.