Trust gears up for first bucket collection


The Professional Cricketers’ Trust is set to hold its first ever dedicated bucket collection at Glamorgan’s Sophia Gardens this Friday 9 August.

As the home side take on Essex Eagles in the Vitality Blast South Group fixture, with play starting at 6.30pm, spectators will be given the chance to donate to the players’ charity throughout the evening.

One hundred percent of the money raised will be going to the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, helping to support current and ex-professionals when they need it most. Home and away fans alike will be reminded of the positive effect their generosity will have via videos on the big screen and PA announcements inside the ground with videos and awareness of the charity also being promoted via social media.

The leading cricketing charity provides support to PCA members and their immediate families both proactively and reactively, with an emphasis on educating current players to help avoid potential issues in the future.

A number of players have chosen to speak out about their personal experience of receiving support from the Trust, including ex-Glamorgan men Keith Newell and Lloyd Smith. Christine Derrick, wife of former Glamorgan player John, also received support from the players’ charity before her late husband’s passing.

Find more information about individuals who have previously benefitted from the Trust by clicking here.

On the night itself, Glamorgan academy players will be helping to carry buckets around the ground, with guidance and support from the Welsh county’s PCA rep Ruaidhri Smith alongside staff from the PCA.

Head Coach Matt Maynard, who founded the Tom Maynard Trust in the wake of his son’s tragic death in 2012, will be interviewed on the pitch too.

Maynard has previously collaborated with the Cricketers’ Trust on a number of physical fundraising challenges, and is looking forward to taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of both charities later on this year.

Click here to find out more information about the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.