Thursday 25 September 2008 

Cricket Stars Raise Charity Cash


Some of the county’s most famous and talented cricket stars are giving members of the public the opportunity to train with them for the day, to raise money for charity.

For 2008 / 09 Hampshire and England cricketer, John Crawley, celebrates his benefit year with a variety of events designed to celebrate his contribution to the game and raise money for good causes.

As part of his event programme, John and fellow cricket stars - Hampshire and former South Africa wicketkeeper, Nic Pothas, Middlesex and England spin bowler, Shaun Udal, and level 4 qualified coach (one of only 40 in the country), Tony Middleton - are inviting adults and children to attend a celebrity cricket coaching fun day at the Rose Bowl Indoor School and Atrium in Southampton on 2 November.

All proceeds from the day will go to the MS Society for Hampshire, Wiltshire and the Islands, which works to support people living locally with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The batsman chose to support the MS Society after his mother was diagnosed with a progressive form of MS 30 years ago. The condition had a dramatic effect on her day to day living before she sadly passed away in 2001.

He said: “As a person affected by multiple sclerosis I know how important it is for people to be able to access the right information and support when they need it. The MS Society provides excellent support for people in Hampshire, and across the country, and I had no hesitation in choosing them as the main beneficiary for my benefit year.”

John Crawley

On hosting the coaching day, John said: “The coaching day will be a fun day out for cricket fans and will give them the chance to meet some really successful players and one of the country’s top coaches. At the same time we hope to provide some good advice on how to improve their technique and game.”

Adults and children are invited to attend a morning coaching session from 10am – 12.30pm when lunch will be provided, or an afternoon session from 1.30pm – 4pm which includes high tea. A guided tour of the Rose Bowl is included and a raffle will give visitors the opportunity to win signed merchandise from Hampshire County Cricket Club.

Tickets for the event cost £30 for children (under 18) and £50 for adults and can be booked by calling the MS Society fundraising office on 0870 241 3565 or by downloading a booking form at www.mssociety.org.uk/cricket.

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