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Amy Derham of All Sport Insurance explains how she got involved with charity fundraiser
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A number of the PCA’s commercial partners are looking forward to taking on the Three Peaks Challenge next month in aid of both the Professional Cricketers’ Trust and Tom Maynard Trust.
The three-day event will see a number of cricket’s most famous faces join fans and PCA partners alike in summiting Ben Nevis (1,345m), Snowdon (1,085m) and Scafell Pike (978m) on consecutive days. With each hiker encouraged to fundraise at least £1,000 each, the final pot will be split evenly between two very worthy causes.
The Cricketers’ Trust supports the lifelong health and wellbeing of PCA members and their immediate families, both during and after their playing careers. You can read the inspiring stories of those who have benefitted from the players’ charity via our website.
Three Peaks hiker Matt Maynard set up the Tom Maynard Trust in the wake of his son’s tragic death in June 2012. The organisation aims to educate young people about the potential pitfalls of a career in sport.
Amy Derham and Kevin Davies of All Sport Insurance are excited to play their part in raising money for both charities this October. Derham recently spoke to the Trust about the reasons for her involvement, her love of charity challenges and her preparations for the Three Peaks so far.
- Why are you taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge?
- We’ve been a partner of the PCA for a number of years now. We do a lot of work with both the players themselves and the Professional Cricketers’ Trust. The Three Peaks is a great opportunity for us to be involved even more and do something positive for the Trust. We knew we wanted to be involved straight away when we heard about it, so my colleague Kevin and I just put our hands up and signed up straight away. That’s all there was to it!
- Why is it important to support charities like the Cricketers’ Trust and the Tom Maynard Trust?
- From an All Sport Insurance perspective, all of the work that we do is with sport professionals, helping them with their insurance both when they’re playing and in retirement. Our relationship with those individuals means it’s really important for us to support charities that help players who are going through hardship and are in need of that little bit of extra help. So it’s great for us to be involved and contributing to the great work that both charities do.
- Have you done anything similar before?
- Personally, not with the PCA. However, Kevin, our Managing Director, did do the third Big Bike Ride a couple of years ago. I’ve been involved with a number of challenges with the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA), including three bike rides from Leeds to Wembley over the last three years. In May, I also did an Alpine Challenge with the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), which was three peaks in three countries on three different days. So I’ve done other challenges but nothing with the PCA so far, which is why I’m looking forward to getting involved with the Three Peaks Challenge.
- What’s the toughest challenge you’ve done?
- Definitely the most recent bike ride with the rugby league guys. On the Monday we only cycled 70 miles but we climbed 6,000 feet. Over the five days we climbed 18,000 feet, all of it on a mountain bike, so that was pretty hard. I’m hoping the Three Peaks might not be quite so strenuous!
- What sort of preparations have you been doing?
- I love a challenge. I’m quite an active person and I’ve been involved with a lot of similar events through work. I do a lot of running, netball and triathlons so I’m hoping that’s going to stand me in good stead. I’ve also got some walking boots which is a good start!
- Have you got a fundraising target?
- Kevin and I have committed to £1,000 each, so £2,000 in total, which will be donated to the two charities by All Sport Insurance.
- What are you most looking forward to about the challenge?
- I’ve never done the Three Peaks before, even though it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. My best friend and I are climbing Kilimanjaro in aid of Child Bereavement UK in February so I’m hopefully it will be good training for that, too. On top of that, I’m just looking forward to being involved with the group. There’s always great camaraderie on challenges like this so I’m really excited to meeting some interesting new people.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given so far?
- Get a good pair of walking boots! I actually bought a fresh pair for the Alpine Challenge in May and somehow managed to avoid getting blisters. So hopefully I’m all set!