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Former Bear inspires cricket community as he adjusts to life with new leg.
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Ex-Warwickshire opener Andy Moles has thanked the cricket community for its ongoing support after today completing his #Molers10for10 fundraising challenge in aid of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
Moles, 59, has achieved his challenge of covering 10km on foot in one month, completing the final 800m on the Cape Town waterfront alongside friend and fellow former Bear Neil Carter on Friday.
It was a happy moment after what has been a difficult period for the Afghanistan Director of Cricket, who was forced to undergo an amputation on his left leg having suffered complications following an infected blister on his foot. Moles revealed his traumatic story in an interview with the Trust last month.
Despite today’s success, life with a new leg has not been easy, as Moles explains: “There have been bumps in the road – I’ve had pains in my knee which I’ve had to have injections for, and there’s also been pain whilst getting used to the new leg. It’s just like wearing a brand new pair of shoes – you just have to get used to it.
“However, getting this 10km done has really been a driving factor for me. It’s helped me to get over the initial trauma and I’ve found it a really good challenge to focus on and take my mind off other things.
“It’s been very heartwarming and humbling to receive so many messages from ex-teammates all around the world. The supporters at Warwickshire have also been very generous, as have ex-players, including those who I did battle with. It’s been very nice to see.”
The total sum of money raised by #Molers10for10, which currently stands at £6,455, will go towards the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, the PCA’s associated charity which has supported Moles throughout his ordeal.
The players’ charity funds life-changing medical assistance, crisis helplines and mental health support for PCA members and their immediate families, and has benefited from the generosity of individuals such as Moles whilst facing an annual fundraising shortfall of £250,000 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“The last few months have obviously been a huge challenge for me, but the PCA and the Professional Cricketers’ Trust have made life a lot easier for me with their help and support.
“It’s not too late for anybody to go to our JustGiving page and look at what we’re doing, and any support will go to a tremendous cause to help ex-cricketers who have fallen on hard times.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m looking forward to getting on with my life again, a privilege which has been afforded to me by the support of the Trust as well as all of those who I have mentioned.”