2019’s Evenings with Aggers, organised and produced by Simon Fielder Productions, have raised £8,925.80 for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust after yet another hugely successful year on the road.
This year’s fundraising drive now means that the total figure raised by the production for the players’ charity since its inception in 2013 stands at £60,496.90.
The famed commentator’s stage show has once again travelled the length and breadth of the country from Plymouth to York, delighting crowds nationwide with numerous anecdotes and support from the likes of Geoffrey Boycott and Phil Tufnell.
Collections held at each and every venue have succeeded in raising valuable funds towards the vital work that the Trust carries out for PCA members.
The Professional Cricketers’ Trust is the associated charity of the PCA, and was created to support the lifelong health and wellbeing of the Association’s members and their immediate families. Support offered by the Trust can range from emotional counselling to the provision of specialist medical equipment.
“The evenings are for a very worthy and very important cause,” Agnew reiterated in an interview with the Trust.
“It’s something that I feel very strongly about and the shows, which go back about seven or eight years now, have always been connected to the Trust. We like to let people know what the reality of the job (of being a professional cricketer) is.”
Simon Fielder, Producer at Simon Fielder Productions, added:
“It is an absolute privilege to be able to play a small part in raising funds to aid the work of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, which is a vital safety net for those in the game who, for a variety of reasons, need its support.
“We thank our audience members for their amazing generosity and hope that, through them, these shows can continue to contribute to such a wonderful organisation for many years to come.”
Ian Thomas, Director of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, thanked Agnew and Fielder for their ongoing support:
“The continued support of Jonathan Agnew and Simon Fielder Productions is greatly appreciated by everyone here at the Trust.
“On top of providing crowds with a wonderful evening of entertainment, the shows go a long way towards raising valuable funds for – and awareness of – the crucial work that the charity carries out for professional cricketers across England and Wales.”
The Evenings with Aggers began during England’s home Ashes series in 2013 as a joint venture between Agnew and Simon Fielder Productions. The shows typically consist of Aggers, often joined by a guest, recounting anecdotes on stage, before audience members are able to tweet their own questions to be answered by the evening’s panel.
Five dates have already been pencilled in for 2020, beginning on Tuesday 7 April at the Civic Theatre, Rotherham, before the production moves on to Weston-super-Mare, Tamworth, Redhill and Heywood.