Cricket fans (and England rugby players!) raise over £5500 for Chance to Shine

As England and India faced up at Lord’s, cricket fans dug deep in their pockets to support ‘Chance to Shine Awareness Day’.

Through donations for Chance to Shine wristbands and by buying Chance to Shine ties, we raised over £5500 over the Test match for Chance to Shine.

England rugby players Lewis Moody and Toby Flood dug deep, as did comedian David Mitchell, of Peep Show fame.

England’s Test stars supported the awareness campaign by wearing special Chance to Shine branded England training tops for their pre-Test training, and many of the cricketers also wore the wristband.

Young people who have benefited from Chance to Shine also played a major role on 21 July: youngster Shakil Karim from Northwood School in Hertfordshire was England’s official mascot; joining Andrew Strauss and MS Dhoni for the coin toss.

Later, Chance to Shine schoolchildren took part in cricket activity on the pitch during the lunchtime interval. The participating children took part in a national MCC Spirit of Cricket competition last month and designed adverts promoting the MCC’s ‘play hard, play fair, have fun’ message. The winning schools were Belleville Primary (Wandsworth), Hildenborough CE Primary (Tonbridge), Charlton Kings Junior School (Cheltenham), Camp Primary School (St. Albans).

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