From bowling yorkers to delivering minibuses and cycling challenges - Darren Gough and the Lord's Taverners

Darren Gough delivers a Lord's Taverners minibus to Doucecroft School
Darren Gough delivers a Lord's Taverners minibus to Doucecroft School
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Former England fast bowler and Yorkshire captain Darren Gough is putting his efforts into fund-raising and helping out the Lord's Taverners this summer - up and down the country.

He was on hand to deliver a special Lord's Taverners minibus to pupils of Doucecroft School in Tiptree, Essex and was delighted to be involved.

"The Lord's Taverner's green minibuses give kids with disabilities a sporting chance," he explained.

"I've been down in Essex today with Tiptree who have raised money amongst their own staff to buy the bus - with the help of the management of course - for a local autistic school.

"It's fantastic and they've taken delivery of it today, they've all got huge smiles on their faces and this will get them around the county of Essex playing whatever sport they want to take part in."

The Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge

Darren Gough is taking part in the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge to raise funds for the Lord's Taverners.

The challenge takes place between 12 and 15 July 2015 and will cover over 300 miles between the famous 2005 Ashes venues, finishing at the Kia Oval.

You can pledge your support by sponsoring the team here: www.lordstaverners.org/ashescycle


And Gough, who played 58 Tests and 159 One-Day Internationals during his career, is not stopping there.

In July, he will be part of a team of 100 cycling 300 miles in four days from Old Trafford. Manchester to The Oval, London, as part of the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge, aiming to raise more than £300,000 for the Lord's Taverners.

"This is all about giving people opportunities they might not have otherwise had and this is the start of it for me this year.

"I'm also doing the Investic Ashes 2015 Cycle challenge, starting in Manchester, over 300 miles in four days.

"We are hoping to get between five and eight minibuses although it depends on how well we cycle and how much money we raise. That starts in July and I'm looking forward to it. It's been hard work training.

For Gough, the challenge means he has had to swap his trusty motorbike for a less powerful machine, but he is enjoying getting to grips with his bicycle.

"There will be different standards of people doing the bike ride and it's not something I've done before.

"I've got a motorbike and I love it but I've just got back into cycling - I never thought I would, and I've absolutely loved it.

"It's something I'll carry on doing - I'm already signed up to do two more events after this one. It's something which has become quite addictive. It's an opportunity to give something back and help people who really need it.

"This is the start of things for me and the Lord's Taverners and the bike ride is something I'm really looking forward to, and hopefully we'll raise more than £300,000 which we have set as a target."

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