Northants Cricket seamer Lee Daggett sent in a blog to northantscricket.com about a PCA cycle ride from Durham to Lords that he, James Middlebrook and other professional cricketers shall be doing in late August. Lee writes:
From the outside it may appear that professional cricketers are in a privileged position, and that we are immune from the ups and downs that life can sometimes throw at you. This could not be further from the truth in some cases, and although we all appreciate how lucky we are to be playing a sport we love, cricketers can sometimes fall upon hard times. The high rate of depression amongst cricketers is the mostrecent issue to be highlighted, although other issues such as addiction have also been given recent media attention. Throughout all of these problems, along with a wide range of other health issues, the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) stand side by side with players and offer a huge amount of support to the players and their families.
My personal experience with the PCA is how they have supported my personal development in training for my career in physiotherapy, something which will become my future career. The support they have offered me has been above and beyond anything I could have expected, and I believe my opinion would be echoed across the board with other county and international cricketers.
Roughly two years ago, I decided I wanted to put something back in the pot, so myself and my dad decided we would do a bike ride to raise funds for the PCA benevolent fund. 18 months on, it would be an understatement to suggest that the ride has evolved somewhat. The tragic death of Tom Maynard last summer and the consequent formation of a trust in his name, lead the PCA to join forces and make the ride take on a new meaning. As it stands we are now hoping to raise £200,000 as a whole, and therefore provide support to cricketers around the country.
The ride will take place over 5 days from 18th-22nd October 2013, starting at the Riverside ground in Durham, we will be visiting Headingley, Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, Grace Road, The County Ground here in Northampton, and finishing at Lords. That’s a whopping 441 miles over 5 days, and there will be professional cricketers from around the country taking part. From the Steelbacks there will be myself and James Middlebrook taking part, but from around the country names such as Marcus Trescothick, Jos Buttler, Phil Mustard and Graham Napier are getting involved, plus many more. At present there are 55 riders doing the 5 days, plus plenty more joining us for individual day stages.
Obviously the main aim of the ride is to raise money to go to the PCA benevolent fund and Tom Maynard Trust, and this is why I am here addressing you all. Individually we are looking at raising £1200 each which is no small amount. Therefore we are hoping for your support on the ride to make all the blisters, bumps and bruises worthwhile!!
I know times are tough at the moment, but any amount you feel you can donate would be greatly received! If you wish to donate please visit my donate page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/leedaggett , or James Middlebrooks at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/midders07
I’ll be in touch again in coming weeks to let you know about the specific details of when we will be at the County Ground, but for now just put the 21st and 22nd October in your diaries and come and cheer us on!!