PCA BENEVOLENT FUND

PCA BENEVOLENT FUND

The PCA Benevolent Fund, which is generously supported by Royal London, has been helping past and present players and their immediate family members in times of hardship and upheaval since 2000.

This year, as part of the PCA’s 50th anniversary celebrations, a Legacy Year Appeal has been launched with the aim of raising £250,000 to continue to support the wide-ranging and ground-breaking work that the PCA Benevolent Fund does.

The Benevolent Fund provides funding for operations, helps those who are having difficulty adjusting to life after cricket find an alternative career and supports current players with professional support and expert advice.

Among seven current or former players who have benefited from PCA Benevolent Fund help, which has been highlighted in a new film on the charity’s work, are former Kent and Derbyshire pace bowler Simon Cusden and ex-Glamorgan batsman Wayne Law who both had periods in rehabilitation, funded by the Benevolent Fund, to deal with alcohol addiction.

Matthew Maynard, the former Glamorgan and England batsman who is now Somerset’s director, received bereavement counselling following the death of his son Tom, the Surrey and former Glamorgan batsman, in 2012. Maynard and his family still have access to the counselling service and the PCA Benevolent Fund supports a 24 hour confidential helpline for all members.

Former Somerset and England batsman Brian Rose has regained his confidence in speaking in public after the PCA Benevolent Fund paid for dental implants after his teeth fell out as a consequence of suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis.

The PCA Benevolent Fund also paid for a knee operation to help Cameron Herring, the former Gloucestershire wicketkeeper, to prolong his county career. Herring made his List A debut for Glamorgan last season and is currently playing for their second team.

The Benevolent Fund has also provided specially-adapted vehicles and other specialist equipment for Winston Davis and Jamie Hood, who were paralysed in accidents away from cricket.

Jack Bond, the former Lancashire captain, attended the inaugural meeting of the PCA in 1967 and has benefitted from the support of the organisation he helped to found. Bond underwent an emergency hip operation paid for the PCA Benevolent Fund after he slipped and fell in the shower.

The Benevolent Fund touches the lives of hundreds of current and past players through the holistic work that the PCA’s six-strong team of Personal Development and Welfare Managers do in preparing them for life after cricket, whilst at the same making them more confident people during their career – “better people , better cricketers”.

Benevolent issues are those that pull at everyone’s heart strings and emphasise the important work the PCA does in generating funds.