England’s Kate Cross kick-started a campaign named #Charity10for10 alongside Marcus Trescothick, director of The Professional Cricketers’ Trust, and men’s team captain Eoin Morgan. The Trust provides assistance for players and their families through welfare, education and support. Assistance is extended to medical care, mental health counselling and program to help against addiction.
The idea behind #Charity10for10 initiative is to complete 10 kms through running, cycling or walking and then donate £10 before nominating three people to take up the challenge through social media.
Cross said: “This is the second time in the past 12 months that I have completed a challenge for the trust and it is great to give back when I can. It means I can help raising vital funds so they can continue the amazing work they do.”
“I saw Tom Smith speaking about how the charity helped him through the toughest period of his life. To hear the stories and see the kind of things the Trust does make me want to support it even more,” concluded Cross.
Smith aside, the trust provided support for 85 people with mental health issues, including issues related to 40 current players in 2019.
“The trust is a small charity who have saved and supported countless lives and due to the coronavirus is faced with a huge funding shortfall. All donations will go directly to current and former players who have fallen on hard times and desperately need support,” Trescothick added.
Morgan acknowledged the support provided by the Trust to players who were not always fortunate enough to enjoy long cricket careers.
“Not every player is fortunate to have a long, happy and healthy cricket career and that is where the trust is an invaluable support for all players,” he said.