The UK’s biggest cricket awareness and fundraising day is set to continue in 2015 with ‘Cricket United Day’ taking place at the Kia Oval on day three of the final Investec Ashes Test match on Saturday 22 August 2015.
The initiative was created in 2013 by three cricket charities, the Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund and has already raised over £100,000 in the opening two years of the partnership which aims to turn the Kia Oval blue for the day.
The goal is to improve lives through cricket and significant steps have been taken since Cricket United was born. The three leading cricket charities in the UK have been able to improve lives through cricket thanks to the unwavering support of England cricket fans.
In the opening two years, generous donations have enabled the Lord’s Taverners to give thousands of disadvantaged and disabled young people throughout the UK a sporting chance.
One thousand children in state schools are now playing cricket and learning key life skills such as teamwork, leadership and respect through Chance to Shine.
And the PCA Benevolent Fund are able to run a confidential counselling service, utilising a national and international network of specialists, and provide advice and treatment to players and immediate family members suffering from any debilitating issues, either mentally or physically, thanks in part to the money gifted last year.
The 2015 appeal has already been kick-started thanks to the generosity of Surrey County Cricket Club and the cricket supporters from around the globe who have already donated £10,000 whilst purchasing tickets for Cricket United Day.
Tickets sold out quickly and, for the first time, supporters were able to donate thanks to Surrey CCC and their continued support of the annual event.
A flurry of fundraising activity will once again take place on Cricket United Day. Last year this included sales of t-shirts, raffle tickets, ties and bats signed by the England team which helped turn the Kia Oval blue for the day.
The England Test and Women’s team’s supported the day by sketching portraits of each other. Members of the media also produced unique doodles which raised well over £7,000. That wasn’t all, as the shirts worn by the England Test team on Cricket United Day were signed and auctioned off with all proceeds shared out evenly between the three charities.
All of this could not have happened without the England and Wales Cricket Board, Surrey CCC and a host of sponsors, who have all given their full backing again this year.