This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Essex Cricket players are unable to visit the children’s ward at Broomfield Hospital and hand out presents as normal. However, the Club still wanted to do something charitable over the festive period and have today launched the Essex Cricket Xmas Food Bank Appeal.
From today, Essex Cricket players and staff will be running/walking a combined 779km over a two-week period to raise money for The Trussell Trust and for individuals/families in crisis and facing hardship over the festive season.
Players from the Men’s, Women’s and Ability squads have offered their services, along with plenty of members of the non-playing staff, making this a Club wide effort.
The Trussell Trust operate across Essex and provide food for those struggling in Chelmsford, Colchester, Clacton, Southend, Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Romford and more.
Why 779km? Well, that’s the cumulative distance of running/walking from Chelmsford to Lord’s, Lord’s to Edgbaston, Edgbaston to Taunton and Taunton back to Chelmsford. Those are the 4 grounds that the Club have won/secured 5 trophies at over the last 5 years.
The average price of a meal in the UK is £3, and if you’re in a position to help others and donate, you can do via the following link:
Throughout December, The Cloudfm County Ground will also be a food bank donation point for people wishing to donate physical goods. Keep your eyes peeled to the Club’s social media accounts for more news on when and where you can drop your items off.