Thursday 22 August 2013 

Wear Blue For Cricket United Charity Day

Alastair Cook (left) and Matthew Prior proudly displaying their Cricket United logos
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Anybody heading to The Oval tomorrow (23rd August) is being urged to wear blue to mark the UK's biggest ever cricket charity day.

Chance To Shine, The Lord's Taverners and the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) Benevolent Fund are teaming up to raise funds and awareness.

All three charities are committed to use cricket to improve lives.

The England team will be wearing a charitable logo on their shirt collars and team management will be wearing Cricket United branded tops and the shirts will be auctioned afterwards with all proceeds going to Cricket United.

Fans are being asked to show their support by wearing blue during the third day of the Ashes Test at The Oval; blue being a colour associated with all three charities.

The goal is to turn The Oval into a sea of blue while there will also be a ground raffle held on the day, with the chance to win a trip to the Brisbane Ashes Test in November, to raise funds.

This is the latest in a series of fund-raising initiatives. Earlier this summer, England players sketched each other and the drawings raised £11,500.

England captain Alastair Cook says: "We are delighted to be continuing to support Cricket United. It’s been a fantastic summer of cricket and the three charities working together can leave a real legacy for cricket from the Investec Ashes series. I can’t wait to see the Kia Oval turn blue."

Other events on the day include:

  • Cricket United flag flying on the Kia Oval Pavilion
  • Joint charity demo involving kids and PCA coaches on the outfield at lunch
  • Investec turning the 4 & 6 cards sky blue
  • Blue Cricket United T-shirts on sale (suggested donation of £5)
  • Blue Cricket United T.M. Lewin Tie on sale (suggested donation of £25)
  • Fundraising by Investec, Yorkshire Tea, Laithwaite’s, Marston’s & Jaguar

© Cricket World 2013