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Save The Date, Cricket United Day Is Back

Cricket United Day is back and the cricket charities teaming it up to make it happen - Chance To Shine, the Lord's Taverners and the PCA Benevolent Fund are asking you to save the date - Saturday, 16th August 2014.

One Of Many Success Stories

11-year-old Harry Walters from South London was just one of the many beneficiaries of last year's appeal. He has autism spectrum disorder and had always had negative experiences of sport, which changed when Harry found cricket.

He found his niche and is interacting with his peers on a level playing field rather than as a special educational needs pupil. Now, he even sleeps with his bat!

His mum Sam said: "We're so grateful to the cricket community and fans for giving our son a ray of sunshine during a testing time in his life.

"Cricket now means everything to Harry. Cricket United is a brilliant idea. It's amazing how one day can make a massive difference to the lives of so many."

The UK's biggest cricket awareness and fundraising day will be held at the Kia Oval on day two of England's fifth and final Test against India.

This is the second year of the initiative, which in 2013 helped raise money to improve lives through cricket.

Donations before, during and after the day helped the Lord's Taverners give hundreds of disabled children the chance to represent their schools at competitive cricket.

More than a thousand children are now playing cricket in state schools and learning key life skills such as teamwork, leadership and respect thanks to the work of Chance To Shine.

And the money has helped the PCA Benevolent Fund run a confidential helpline offering advice and treatment to players suffering with mental health issues.

After the initiative raised more than £70,000 last year, a repeat has been well supported, not least by the England & Wales Cricket Board and Surrey County Cricket Club.

Lycamobile have pledged their support by launching a brand new SIM card product for cricket fans this summer, with a donation being made to Cricket United charities for each of the products sold.

Now, everybody involved are calling on fans attending the Test match to come wearing blue to improve more lives through the sport of cricket.

© Cricket World 2014