The Yorkshire County Cricket Club urges its fans and partners alike to get behind the Professional Cricketers’ Trust as this year’s domestic season comes to a close on Vitality Blast Finals Day.
A number of individuals associated with Yorkshire have a close relationship with the Trust, including new signing Dom Bess.
The off-spinner recently revealed the support he has received from the charity in an open and honest interview with mentor Marcus Trescothick.
The charity supports all professional cricketers, whether they are current or former players, and has previously come to the aid of ex-Yorkshire all-rounder Jamie Hood.
Hood was about to start his third season on Yorkshire’s staff when he broke his neck in a car accident in Cape Town in early 1998. The Trust provided Hood with a specially adapted vehicle to enable mobility which he still uses to this day to attend matches at Headingley and Scarborough, Covid-19 permitting.
Life-changing assistance offered by the charity includes the provision of a Confidential Helpline run by the Sporting Chance Clinic, specialist medical equipment, emotional counselling and more.
The charity has supported a range of PCA members, from former cricketers like Winston Davis, who became paralysed from the waist down after a tragic accident in 1997, right through to current England internationals like Dom Bess.
The Trust has offered mental health support to 283 individuals since 2017. That includes a significant spike towards the end of this Covid-19 affected season, which has increased anxiety around financial uncertainty caused by short-term contracts.
Finals Day, which this year takes place on Saturday 3 October at its usual home of Edgbaston Stadium, will see the PCA collaborate with the ECB, Sky Sports and Vitality to showcase the work of the Trust.
Fans watching at home will be able to text to donate to the charity, whilst other fundraising activities will include an online auction and raffle, as well as the sale of merchandise adorned with the Professional Cricketers’ Trust logo.
2020 has seen the charity face a shortfall of up to £250,000, as a result of much of the PCA’s annual events calendar being wiped out. As a result, the need for support from the cricketing community and general public alike has never been greater for the Trust.
Donate to the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
Text ‘TRUSTCRICKET’ followed by any amount between three and 20 to 70085 to donate between £3 – £20 to the Professional Cricketers’ Trust. For example, ‘TRUSTCRICKET10’ to donate £10.
Alternatively, you can donate via the below Just Giving page.
Click on the below link to view the full range of Professional Cricketers’ Trust merchandise.