Afterlife and Derek Star David Earl hosts virtual cricket match in aid of The Children's Society
Actor, comedian and writer David Earl is set to host what is described as ‘virtually the biggest cricket game ever’ to raise vital funds for The Children’s Society.
The England vs. Scotland match will be played between David (England) and gamer Kurt Yoy (Scotland) through live streaming platform Twitch on Saturday 18 July at 20:00.
With sports such as cricket prohibited in real life due to lockdown measures, David began playing games on Twitch under the guise of his comedy characters Brian Gittins and Cumbo.
David, who is best known for his roles in the Ricky Gervais series Afterlife and Derek, has built an online community over the past few months and developed his skills in the art of online cricket, thanks to mentorship from long-time gamer Kurt.
After popular demand, the two are now preparing to go head to head for the first time in aid of The Children’s Society.
As a father-of-three, David became interested in the charity’s work following its call to extend free school meal vouchers over the summer holidays.
David commented: “Having read about the charity it upset me to think that there are innocent children, suffering during these times. I wanted to do something about it, however small.”
The Children’s Society supports children including those in care, those who go missing from home, those at risk of sexual exploitation and refugees.
With schools closed, the coronavirus outbreak has left many vulnerable children and young people hidden from view, putting them at greater risk of exploitation and abuse.
As lockdown restrictions begin to lift, The Children’s Society expects to see a dramatic rise in referrals, putting a strain on existing services.
Mark Russell, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society said:
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to David and Kurt for their support in these unprecedented times. With school closures and lockdown restrictions in place, vulnerable children are trapped at home and hidden from view, putting them at greater risk of neglect and abuse. During this time, we have seen a significant drop in income as we’ve had to cancel fundraising events and temporarily close our shops. Innovative fundraising ideas, such as this virtual cricket match, are vital to help us continue to support children and young people at their most urgent time of need.”