Northamptonshire’s Lee Daggett and James Middlebrook have smashed their fund-raising target for a charity cycle ride with a month to go until the event.
The pair are to take part in a five day bike ride next month in a bid to raise money for the Professional Cricketer’s Association’s Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.
After undertaking the challenge they pledged to raise £2,000, or the equivalent of 1 per cent themselves, yet with four weeks remaining have already collected over £2,300.
The Northants duo will embark on the 441 mile trek from Durham to London starting on October 18th. They will also be joined by former Steelbacks player Darren Cousins.
The ride, which begins at the Emirates ICG will take in a number of England’s leading cricket grounds during its five day course before finishing at Lord’s.
Lee said: “The charities have a special place in our hearts and the bike ride is the perfect way to contribute funds for two very good causes.”
And James added: “It’s going to be a tough ask, but I hope the Northants fans can get behind us to push us over the line. We’ve reached our target already – but we’d love to raise more!”
In order to support Lee, James and Darren Steelbacks fans can follow the link to their BT Donate pages here:
Among the current and former cricketers accompanying them on the ride are England hero Darren Gough, England one day star Jos Buttler, Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick, Durham’s Phil Mustard, Surrey’s Gareth Batty, Warwickshire’s Darren Maddy, and Essex’s Graham Napier.
They will be joined by a host of fellow county professionals and cricket administrators, including CEOs and Chairmen of Surrey CCC & Somerset CCC, Richard Gould, Richard Thompson, Guy Lavender and Andy Nash, as well as Tom’s father, former Glamorgan batsman, Matt, and his sister Ceri.
Tom Maynard Trust was set up in 2012 following the tragic loss of Surrey star Tom. It aims to help the development of aspiring, disadvantaged cricketers and other sportspeople requiring support in their careers.
The Benevolent Fund was founded by the PCA to help current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship, upheaval, or to readjust to the world beyond the professional game.
Riders will make their way to Headingley in Leeds from Durham, before heading to Old Trafford in Manchester on a gruelling cross-Pennine route the following day.
They will then take in Trent Bridge, Nottingham on the third day, before passing the County Ground in Derby and Grace Road, and on to Wantage Road.
Their final leg departs for Lord’s on October 23rd where it will culminate in the PCA’s Ashes Farewell Lunch for Alastair Cook’s England team, who will be bidding to retain the Investec Ashes in Australia.
The event is being generously supported by the headline sponsors Brewin Dolphin, as well as Buxton Water, Trek Bycycle Coventry and Cotswold Cycles.
Additional support is also being offered by Jaguar, who have donated 3 XF Sportsbrakes with roof racks, which will prove provide transport for the mechanics and support staff on the route each day.