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Northants Cricket and The British Heart Foundation

A First Division Partnership!

Northants Cricket joined forces with The British Heart Foundation at a number of events last season. The club marked the sad occasion of the death of former player Kevin Curran with a 12 over game between Steelbacks Legends and Gloucestershire Legends.  Alan Fordham organised the clash which took place before the Friends Life t20 game against Glamorgan later in the day. The British Heart Foundation was in attendance talking to fans and giving out heart health resources and conducting a bucket shake around the ground.

An array of former Northants and Gloucestershire stars took to the field including Allan Lamb, David Capel, David Ripley and Jack Russell. Former Northants player Alan Fordham had been raising money for the BHF previously which included an epic London Marathon run.

The BHF was also in attendance at the club’s end of season dinner, helping Northants Cricket celebrate a record breaking season. Guests at the dinner were invited to buy raffle tickets to win prizes including signed match shirts, signed Madness memorabilia and a cricket bat signed by the England and Australia Ashes squads.

Northants Vice Chairman Gavin Warren has also been busy fundraising for the BHF. His annual charity lunch was, as usual, a very enjoyable occasion and guests were very generous when asked to dig deep for the heart research charity.

Gavin Warren said, “It is great to be involved with such a good cause that is near and dear to all our hearts. We are delighted at the amount of money we were able to raise in 2013 and hope we can raise even more this year, to help save lives.”

The club’s partnership with the British Heart Foundation raised over £10,000 last season and both parties completed a very successful fundraising year by posing for a photo on Dryden Cardiac Ward at Northampton General Hospital with the T20 trophy. David Willey took the trophy around the ward showing it off to the recovering heart patients who were on the ward at the time.

BHF Fundraising Manager Nigel Cole says “The BHF is very grateful for all the efforts of Northants Crickets officials, players and supporters. Heart and circulatory disease is the UK’s single biggest killer. It affects men, women and children of all ages. The BHF fights for every heartbeat to make sure people do not die prematurely from heart disease and our work relies on the hard work of others, such as everyone involved with Northants Cricket. We couldn’t do it without you. We are the biggest funder of heart research in the UK and our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK’s fight against heart disease.

The money donated from activities at Northants Cricket will help to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. You have all made a real difference and you have helped to save lives. On behalf of our researchers, staff and patients, thank you.”

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