England and Kent batsman Joe Denly has said that he hopes to support the Professional Cricketers’ Trust throughout the remainder of his career, after donating to the charity at the conclusion of his testimonial year.
The 2018 NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year was awarded a testimonial by his home county last September, and has attended numerous fundraising events whilst also appearing for his country across all three formats throughout 2019.
Speaking to the Trust at the PCA’s annual England Farewell Lunch event, which takes place each year before the men’s squad departs for its winter tour, Denly reflected on what has been a memorable 2019 for him personally.
“It’s been an honour to be awarded a testimonial in recognition of the services I’ve given to my county,” Denly said.
“It’s been a really, really fun year for me personally, on and off the field, and we’ve had some great events.”
Denly elected to support both the Trust and the Lord’s Taverners this year and, as a player with vast domestic and international experience, has seen first hand the great work that his fundraising will contribute towards.
“Having been a professional cricketer for 16 years now, I’ve seen the work that the Trust does for cricketers and the help that they give to players.
“There are so many players that are affected away from cricket, whether it’s losing loved ones or struggling with something like gambling addiction.
“It was a no-brainer to offer my support this year and I will continue to do so for the remainder of my career.”