Lancashire supports Professional Cricketers’ Trust on Finals Day
The Trust supports current & former players and their families
Lancashire Cricket will support 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 Lancashire have a close relationship with the Trust, including Rob Jones, who spoke about what the charity meant to him ahead of completing the national Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the charity in 2019.
“For people in my position,” Jones said, “if anything ever goes wrong you just know the Professional Cricketers’ Trust will be there for you. Some of the examples we’ve seen of them helping current and former players are just fantastic.”
The Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping current and former professional cricketers who have fallen on hard times, as well as their immediate families.
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 right through to current England internationals like Dom Bess, who recently opened up about his mental health struggles in conversation with Marcus Trescothick.
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 tomorrow 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.
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.