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Professional Cricketers’ Trust part of global giving campaign.
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The Professional Cricketers’ Trust is proud to support #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and generosity taking place on Tuesday 5 May in response to the urgent COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual #GivingTuesday usually takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, but an additional event has been created this year to recognise the unprecedented circumstances which we are currently living through.
Whilst the welfare of NHS staff and key workers across the country is rightly at the forefront of the national conscience right now, the needs of those supported by the Trust are even more acute during this crisis. We are therefore asking the cricket family and general public alike to give what they can to support the Trust this #GivingTuesdayNow.
The players’ charity was created with the aim of supporting PCA members and their immediate families when they need it most. Assistance offered by the Trust can range from emotional counselling to the provision of specialist medical equipment and more.
Over 120 PCA members – including 40 current players for mental health issues – were supported by the Trust in 2019, including Hampshire fast bowler Chris Wood, who recently opened up on the 11-year gambling addiction which threatened to derail both his life and his career.
August 2019 also saw Gloucestershire spinner Tom Smith share his heartbreaking story with the world, after he received support from the Trust following the tragic death of wife Laura.
Research by the Charities Aid Foundation has found that many charities in the UK are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, with 37% saying they are unlikely to last beyond six months.
We ask, therefore, to give what you can this #GivingTuesdayNow to ensure that the Trust is able to continue offering world-class support to the cricket community during these difficult times.