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England international excited to give something back to cricket family.
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Jenny Gunn recently spoke to the PCA of her excitement at taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in October of this year.
The leading ODI wicket-taker in England Women’s history was confirmed to participate last week alongside teammates Georgia Elwiss, Kate Cross, Laura Marsh and Tash Farrant.
The challenge will see cricket stars and spectators alike summit three of Britain’s highest peaks in Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within the space of three days.
The former provides support to current and ex-players when they need it most, whether it’s by way of funding for medical assistance, provision of specialist equipment or through emotional care. The latter helps young sportspeople by educating them about the potential pitfalls of a career in sport, as well as providing assistance with overseas placements and equipment.
Below, Gunn answers the key questions about her involvement in the Trust’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
- Why are you doing the Three Peaks challenge?
- I have been lucky enough to have played for England for the last 15 years and have been supported brilliantly right throughout my career. I feel that doing the Three Peaks Challenge will help me to give something back to cricket in a different way.
- Who or what inspired you to take on the challenge?
- My cousin recently passed away, so when Georgia Elwiss asked if I wanted to do it I immediately said yes as I felt it was a challenge that I could throw myself into to help raise money for two very positive causes. Really I’m just keen to help people and generally spread a bit of happiness.
- What is your fundraising target?
- £1,000 is the target, but as much as possible really.
- How are you planning to achieve your fundraising target?
- I’ve only done an auction of various cricket items so far, but there’s more to come.
- Why is it important to raise money for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust and Tom Maynard Trust?
- You never know when you might require the help. The more money that is raised, the more people we can help from every era of cricket. We really are all one big family.
- What training plans have you got lined up?
- Lots of dog walks and also cricket matches so far as it’s been a busy summer! If my dog Skye could fetch me a walking stick like she has in this picture, that might come in handy on the walk.
- Who are you most looking forward to joining for the three days?
- Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Tash Farrant and Kate Cross. It will also be nice to get away from cricket and have fun meeting new people whilst trekking up three mountains.
- What food and drink will you be taking on board?
- Maybe a hip flask!
- Have you got any post-Three Peaks celebrations planned?
- A pint (or maybe half a pint as I’m a lady) with everyone at the end!