Following on from Sussex County Cricket Club’s involvement in ‘Armed Forces Day’, the Club will be hosting members of the ‘Not Forgotten Association’ when Sussex Sharks take on Worcestershire Royals on Monday 19th July in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
There will be a number of soldiers who have been injured in Afghanistan attending the event, together with some older heroes who will also be enjoying the hospitality facilities of The Boundary Rooms. The ‘Not Forgotten Association’ provides leisure and recreation for wounded serving and ex-service men and women with disabilities. There are thousands of ex-servicemen and women in the UK who have been injured in conflicts around the globe, and the Association is able to provide them with some of the different activities which most of us take for granted.
This builds upon the recent ‘Armed Forces Day’ at The County Ground, which was run in conjunction with Brighton & Hove City Council. With Sussex waiving any entrance fee to the game against touring side Bangladesh in a 50-over affair, ‘Help for Heroes’ were able to raise nearly £5000 through donations and other entertainment which took place around the ground throughout the day.
Commenting, Sussex CCC Chief Executive Dave Brooks said, "We would like to thank our supporters for supporting such a good cause at the ground and for helping in raising a fantastic amount. The event was excellently organised by the Council and it was a pleasure to be able to give this day over to support such a worthy cause as Help for Heroes. The next event on the 19th July will build on our commitment to rewarding those who serve their country, as will our support of the Heroes Welcome scheme run by the Council."
‘Help For Heroes’ is a charity that was formed in 2007 to promote and protect the health of those that have been wounded whilst serving in the Armed Forces by making grants to purchase equipment for their rehabilitation, and to make grants to other charities that assist members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.
The ‘Heroes Welcome’ scheme originally started in the UK in Scarborough and as it grew to become nationwide, the Brighton & Hove City Council has now signed up to the campaign to show support for British Armed Forces personnel. The scheme aims to provide a discount to the men and women of the British Armed Forces (including reserved forces) and veterans, or a service upgrade or special acknowledgement on production of an identification card.
For more information on both of these campaigns, visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk and www.heroeswelcome.co.uk
Sussex Sharks will be taking on Essex Eagles on Friday evening (7.10pm start) at The County Ground, Hove in the Friends Provident t20 before the CB40 clash with Worcestershire Royals on Monday 19th July (4.40pm start). For ticket details for both matches visit www.sussexcricket.co.uk or call 0844 264 0206.