Lancashire County Cricket Club will be unveiling the new LCCC Foundation at Old Trafford at the Natwest International T20 clash between England and India.
The LCCC Foundation will be launched prior to the game with its first Ambassador, England and Lancashire bowler James Anderson at the launch, along with England and Lancashire legend Andrew Flintoff.
Upon being named as the inaugural Ambassador of the LCCC Foundation, Anderson said: “I am delighted and honoured to be named as the first Ambassador of the LCCC Foundation.
“I made my debut for Lancashire in 2001 and am happy to support my county’s involvement in the community. The Club has helped with my development and I am confident that the LCCC Foundation will do the same for many others in the North West.”
The formation of the LCCC Foundation is a sign of the Club’s intention to play a crucial role in improving the health and well-being of the community, bringing together under one banner all of the community and charity work of the Club, positioning itself at the heart of the community.
As part of its fundraising campaign, the Foundation is honouring the memory of LCCC’s former President Lord Steinberg who made a commitment to raise £1million for LCCC. The current President Jack Livingstone is now leading the campaign and has already secured pledges of £375,000.
LCCC President Jack Livingstone said: "There is a new beginning at Old Trafford as we finally have the go ahead to start rebuilding the ground in its first comprehensive restructure since it opened on this site 154 years ago.
“We will have one of the finest cricket stadiums in the world, but at the same time we have to recognise a responsibility to the community we serve. That is why LCCC has launched the LCCC Foundation.”
The Foundation is offering some very creative opportunities for anyone who may wish to donate larger sums of money – including the opportunity to have part of the ground named after you, such as the library, museum, or even a stand.
The Foundation is also launching a ‘buy a brick’ appeal where individuals will be able to have their name engraved on a brick and cemented into Lancashire folk-lore.
Lancashire Members and supporters, or indeed anyone with a love for Old Trafford can be part of history by having their names engraved for perpetuity. Because funds go towards the LCCC Foundation, donations will be supporting the important community and cricket grass-roots development work of the Club.
Andrew Flintoff has already led the way with the first brick produced displaying his name. On Wednesday night’s Natwest International T20 clash between England and India, Flintoff will be presented with his brick at the unveiling of the Foundation.
The former Lancashire all-rounder is fully behind the development of the LCCC Foundation and its fundraising efforts.
“It seems a long-winded way of delivering bricks,” joked the cricketing legend.
“However I am excited at having my name on permanent display at Old Trafford and obviously I am delighted to support such a great cause.
“Lancashire have always been an important part of the community, but creating the Foundation ensures that even in tough economic times, the Club will ensure that it can continue to develop this vital area of its activity.”
Parachutists from the RAF Falcons display team will fly into Old Trafford with the brick as well as the European Healthy Stadia Award. This award is being presented to the Club in recognition of its on-going commitment to health at Old Trafford.
For more information on the LCCC Foundation or to find out about how you can donate, fundraise, buy a brick or support the work of the Foundation in other ways, please contact Michelle Carney, Head of Development & Fundraising on 0161 282 4012 or email the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org