Big Red Day announced for Emirates Old Trafford Test Match
Big Red Day at Emirates Old Trafford
Lancashire CCC is delighted to announce that the Club will be donating 20% of all ticket sales from Day Four of the Fourth Investec Test Match between England and South Africa at Emirates Old Trafford to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, the British Red Cross and the LCCC Foundation equally as part of the ‘Big Red Day’ charity initiative.
Earlier this summer, Emirates Old Trafford hosted the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which was held in memory of those affected by the attack in Manchester on Monday 22 May. The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund recently announced that it has raised over £15 million, with the concert contributing over £2.7 million to the fund.
The other two thirds of the money raised on Monday 7 August will be donated to the British Red Cross and to the Club’s official charity, the LCCC Foundation. The Foundation aims to provide people with positive experiences through the delivery of a range of health, education, community cohesion and cricket development projects, programmes and events designed to inspire communities through cricket.
Big Red Day was originally launched at last year's Test at Emirates Old Trafford as England took on Pakistan, supporting the British Heart Foundation, We Love MCR Charity and the LCCC Foundation in an effort to raise funds and awareness for each charity as well as promoting healthy living, headed up by former England international James Taylor, whose career was cut short after being diagnosed with a serious but rare heart condition.
Spectators attending this year’s Test Match on Monday 7 August are being encouraged to wear red clothing to show their support for Big Red Day as England look to win the series against South Africa in Manchester.
Daniel Gidney, Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Chief Executive said: “The tragedy of 22 May here in Manchester and the families who lost loved ones will never be forgotten. We’re very proud to be in a position where we can donate 20% of ticket sales from Day Four not only to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, but also to the British Red Cross and to the Club’s official charity, the LCCC Foundation, who carry out a huge amount of fantastic work in the local community.”
Sue Murphy, chair of trustees at the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund commented: "We’d like to thank Lancashire County Cricket Club for choosing to support the Emergency Fund. Emirates Old Trafford helped us by hosting the One Love Manchester Conference at very short notice and they are showing their solidarity again with this donation. This money will make a real difference to the lives of people who were affected by the attack."
Sandy Mitchell, Director of the LCCC Foundation, added: “Big Red Day is another great example of the support and commitment Lancashire County Cricket Club provides to local communities and charities. This generous donation will build on the funds raised when Emirates Old Trafford hosted the One Love Manchester concert in June this year and will positively support the development of numerous local community projects and programmes delivered by the British Red Cross and LCCC Foundation.”
The Club will be running a competition for the most original use of red on the day and they will will have the chance of winning tickets to the Royal London One-Day International at Emirates Old Trafford between England and the West Indies on Tuesday 19 September, as well as tickets for Lancashire Lightning's final two home NatWest T20 Blast fixtures.