CRICKET AID UK
I am a local cricketer from Bristol and former Club and League Chairman who recently survived a tragic car crash that involved seven members of Uphill Castle Cricket Club. I was personally blown away by the support shown to me and the fellow Club members who were impacted by the accident both at that time and for the weeks since. The UK wide cricket family and indeed cricket family from overseas have been tremendous with their messages of love and support for all of us impacted directly and indirectly by the tragedy. I hope that I can speak for everyone impacted to say thank you and given thank you is never enough I want to try and spark something NOW to help fellow cricket family members in the Northern parts of the UK currently impacted by the flooding taking place NOW.
I would like to try for a three pronged approach and given someone has to start somewhere and at times ignore protocol I will be seeking support from the ECB and County Boards after this has hopefully started to gain momentum.....no apologies or nothing immediate would happen and NOW is when some support is needed certainly on my first point below. Red tape at times hinders and so I am trying to cut through!!
1 I would like to call on the Somerset and Bristol cricket families to begin with to donate whatever they can right now to help impacted families – food, clothing, blankets, toys, furniture and anything useful to people who have lost everything in their homes and to Clubs who have also lost everything in their pavilions etc. Knowle CC, Weston CC and Action Indoor Sports have so far agreed to be deposit points and I would hope that maybe the two County grounds might also be persuaded to support also as collection points.... I am looking to move fast and so would love to try and borrow a large van or 7.5tonner to be able to drive up North Friday Jan 15th and deposit our collected items into a County Ground in the North somewhere... If I only get enough to fill a car then at least some families would have been helped but I’d like to hope we in the South can do more. Any support gratefully received on any of the logistics or collection points. CRICKETAIDUK@virginmedia.com There would then be nothing to stop like minded individuals from undertaking similar tasks or indeed supporting this one as well.
2 I’d like to start a fund to raise money that the ECB would ultimately control to support local Cricket Clubs when they have a disaster such as a flood, fire, vandalism etc etc . I have set a very basic page to start with to try and get things rolling but then this could with ECB buy in be taken over by them quickly to run more efficiently and professionally. If many people donated a few pence each it would start quickly.
3 I’d like to see if the ECB could make enhancements to the Cricket Force weekends each season by looking to tie in with large national companies to supply items that they might normally skip and destroy but that would be extremely useful to Cricket Clubs at various times through the season and not just at Cricket Force time. Large shops, pubs, hotels, factories regularly upgrade their facilities and items are more often than not destroyed. I know first hand that Knowle CC in Bristol many years ago raided a skip (with permission) and recovered over 100 chairs that were used in their Club for many years. Cricket Clubs don’t need brand new pristine items and would move heaven and earth to receive safe and still usable and even slightly damaged items – scratched cooker/fridge, dented microwave, slightly stained sofas, wooden tables with some dents or marks on them etc etc – the list is endless. If companies could be directed to their local Boards as and when they have items that might be useful then the Boards could share instantly with Clubs and Corporates would save disposal costs and Clubs would be delighted to find a van to collect them. How many furniture and electrical suppliers have damaged but usable items gathering dust in warehouses that could be offered NOW??? Again NOW is when these items could massively help people in the North.
There is a FB page set up for people to cross pollinate ideas with, along with an initial Just Giving site that can hopefully be taken over by the ECB if approved (as mentioned above) and of course a Twitter page as well. If people could do their thing and share share share – then we could through the amazing cricket family impact some people NOW and help Cricket Clubs down the tracks.