Cricket club team up for char­ity fundraiser

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CRICKET play­ers are mak­ing a team ef­fort for char­ity in hon­our of their friend.

Mem­bers at Bolling­ton Cricket Club are rais­ing money for the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Trust as part of their Pres­i­dent’s Day this week­end. They chose to sup­port the char­ity be­cause fel­low team­mate, Matt McGuin­ness, has cys­tic fi­bro­sis, a con­di­tion which means the lungs and di­ges­tive sys­tem be­come clogged with mu­cus which makes it hard to breathe and di­gest food.

The club will host a spe­cial match between teams cho­sen by the pres­i­dent and chair­man as well as en­ter­tain­ment and re­fresh­ments at what they hope will be a day for the com­mu­nity to en­joy.

Spe­cial guest is for­mer Manch­ester City player Shaun Goater.

Peter Hen­shall, Matt’s friend and club mem­ber, said: “Rather than rais­ing money for the club this year, we de­cided to give pro­ceeds to the trust. It’s a char­ity close to our hearts be­cause of our friend Matt. When he’s ill, he can spend weeks in hos­pi­tal, but he tries to get on with it and lead a nor­mal life.

“We want to raise aware­ness and raise money which could help to en­able re­search that may find a cure.”

The cricket match will fea­ture Bolling­ton play­ers past and present as well as over­seas play­ers and cur­rent Cheshire County crick­eters.

Dur­ing the tea break there will be a cricket com­pe­ti­tion fea­tur­ing some of the ju­nior crick­eters.

Re­fresh­ments avail­able through­out the day in­clude a bar­be­cue, bar, cream teas and cakes.

Peter said: “We hope peo­ple will come along and sup­port the day.”

There is an on­line auc­tion on the Bolling­ton Cricket Club Face­book page where bids can be made for pairs of tick­ets to a Manch­ester City and Manch­ester United game, a signed Eng­land shirt from the Eng­land v In­dia test match and a framed, signed cricket bat from the Eng­land 2011 tour of In­dia.

Bids can be made for th­ese items on the Face­book page or by email­ing rob@ me­di­a1pro­duc­tions.co.uk.

The Pres­i­dents Day is on Sun­day, Au­gust 24, at Bolling­ton Cricket Club. The game will start at 1pm.

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