England cricket team to give the shirts off their backs for charity

The England Test team will, for the first time, wear shirts embroidered with a charitable logo on the third day of the fifth Investec Ashes Test (Friday 23rd August) at the Kia Oval.

The Cricket United logo will feature on the players’ shirt collars to mark ‘Cricket United Day’, the UK’s biggest ever cricket charity awareness day. The shirts will then be signed and auctioned off for Cricket United.

This follows on from the England men’s and women’s teams raising over £11,500 for Cricket United by sketching each other.

Cricket United is a joint fundraising appeal by The Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund which aims to leave a lasting legacy from the 2013 Investec Ashes series. This Friday (23rd August), the charities are asking England and Australian cricket fans to get involved in ‘Cricket United Day’, the UK’s biggest ever cricket awareness day and help turn the Kia Oval into ‘a sea of blue’.

Alastair Cook said, “We are delighted to be continuing to support Cricket United. It’s been a fantastic summer of cricket and the three charities working together can leave a real legacy for cricket from the Investec Ashes series. I can’t wait to see the Kia Oval turn blue on Friday.

Fans can show their support in a number of ways: by wearing something blue, a colour that unites the three charities at the ground on Friday, by making a donation or bid on the signed England Cricket United shirts or helping to spread the word. An online Cricket United supporters’ stadium allows fans without tickets to the game to get behind the day by buying a ‘virtual seat’ and leaving a message of support. The charities are working in close partnership with England & Wales Cricket Board,  and their key sponsors.

To find out more about Cricket United visit: http://www.cricketunited.co.uk


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