Twenty per cent of all ticket sales from day four of the Fourth Test Match between England and South Africa at Emirates Old Trafford will be donated to the ‘We Love Manchester’ emergency fund, the British Red Cross and the LCCC Foundation.
Earlier this summer, the cricket ground hosted the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which was held in memory of those affected by the terror attack at the Manchester Arena on May 22.
The ‘We Love Manchester’ emergency fund recently announced that it has raised over £15m (€16.6m/$19.6m), with the concert contributing over £2.7m to the fund.
Daniel Gidney, Lancashire CCC chief executive, said: “The tragedy of May 22here in Manchester and the families who lost loved ones will never be forgotten.
“We’re very proud to be in a position where we can donate 20 per cent of ticket sales from Day Four not only to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, but also to the British Red Cross and to the Club’s official charity, the LCCC Foundation, who carry out a huge amount of fantastic work in the local community.”
Lancashire County Cricket Club launched its 20 per cent of ticket sales donation as part of the ‘Big Red Day’ charity initiative. It was originally launched at last year’s Test to support the British Heart Foundation, We Love MCR Charity and the LCCC Foundation.
Last year, the initiative was an effort to raise funds and awareness for each charity as well as promoting healthy living. It was led by the former England international James Taylor, whose career was cut short after being diagnosed with a serious but rare heart condition.
This year, the other two thirds of the money raised on August 7 will go to the British Red Cross and to the cricket club’s official charity, the LCCC Foundation, which aims to provide people with positive experiences through the delivery of a range of health, education, community cohesion and cricket development projects.
Spectators are being encouraged to wear red clothing to show their support for Big Red Day as England take on South Africa in Manchester.
Sue Murphy, chair of trustees at the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, said: “We’d like to thank Lancashire County Cricket Club for choosing to support the Emergency Fund.
“Emirates Old Trafford helped us by hosting the One Love Manchester Conference at very short notice and they are showing their solidarity again with this donation. This money will make a real difference to the lives of people who were affected by the attack.”
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