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Players’ charity launches fundraising campaign #charity10for10 amid Coronavirus crisis.
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The Professional Cricketers’ Trust has launched a fundraising campaign and is urging PCA members, partners and the entire cricket family to support the charity, which is forecast to lose over £250,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19.
With the majority of fundraising usually secured through generous partners and guests at PCA events, it leaves the players’ charity in desperate need to secure funds to continue its life changing, and often lifesaving work.
The idea is simple, complete 10km through cycling, running or walking, donate £10 and post your achievement on social media, nominating three friends. Do not wait to be tagged though, you can complete the challenge straight away and spread awareness. If you do not have social media email it to us and we can post it on your behalf.
As professional cricket’s leading charity, the Professional Cricketers’ Trust provides assistance through welfare, education and support during difficult times. We fund life-changing help for players and their closest family, whether their situation is related to their cricket career, or not.
From medical care and mental health counselling to preventative educational programmes and help with addiction, we’re proud to say we’re here for players when they need us most.
The average cricket career comes to an end at the age of just 26.
Whether cricketers play for a men’s team or women’s team, for a week or a decade, every professional cricketer in England and Wales is a life-long member of the PCA; and that means they can count on the Professional Cricketers’ Trust for support.
The 24-hour Confidential Helpline means we’re players’ first port of call, day or night. You’re never a number with the Professional Cricketers’ Trust. We’re big enough to make a difference, but small enough to offer personal guidance through turbulence and upheaval.
In 2019 alone, the Trust supported 85 people with mental health problems, 40 of those cases were current players, with ages of those accessing support ranging from 17 to 88 years of age.
We value and appreciate the support you are showing the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, enabling us to help and support members through truly difficult times in their lives, whilst at the same time working with players to guide them forward from the life of a professional cricketer.
“The Professional Cricketers’ Trust is a small charity who have saved and supported countless lives and due to the Coronavirus is faced with a huge funding shortfall. All donations will go directly to current and former players who have fallen on hard times and desperately need support.”
“Not every player is fortunate to have a long, happy and healthy cricket career and that is where the Professional Cricketers’ Trust is an invaluable support for all players. It doesn’t matter how long your professional career is, they treat everyone as equal and it is heart-warming to see how they take care of their own.”
“This is the second time in the past 12 months that I have completed a challenge for the Trust and it is great to give back when I can. It means I can help raising vital funds so they can continue the amazing work they do.
“I saw Tom Smith speaking about how the charity helped him through the toughest period of his life. To hear the stories and see the kind of things the Trust does makes me want to support it even more.”