This is a weekend when cricket clubs all over the country would normally be looking forward to their third or fourth league game of the season but, alas, that’s not to be. But one club in our region has come up with a novel way of doing something creative with their spare time, while also building some team spirit and raising money for a fantastic charity.
Bath Cricket Club have devised ‘Back in the middle for Mind’ where club members will be running 22-yard shuttles for every run, wicket and wicket keeping dismissal from the 2019 season. This could be inside the house, in the garden, in the street, in fact anywhere where this is possible! And they will be fully booted and suited; club whites, full kit and a bat is encouraged of course.
The concept is simple:
- 1 run = 1 shuttle run
- 1 wicket-keeping dismissal (catch or run out) = 10 shuttle runs
- 1 wicket = 20 shuttle runs
The club set a target of raising £1,000 for MIND, the mental health charity who have 85 offices throughout the UK helping those who face mental health issues each day. The project is being led by Sam Mount, who explains how the idea came to fruition: “The idea came from us as a club/team wanting to do something for charity but also do something to get together as a team.
“We kept the concept simple regarding working out how many shuttle runs would be needed to be ran and this worked out to be 980 for me, which I did over 3 days – in full kit!
“We started last Sunday and so far we’re at £850 (Thursday evening) which is great. By the time this goes out we’ll have hopefully passed £1k. If we do this, myself and Paul Muchall (Bath CC coach) will be running all of Ben Stokes’ 2019 Test & ODI runs (1531) – works out at about 20 miles!”
Sam has encouraged other clubs to get involved with positive results: “I thought it would be worth getting the word out to other clubs and Robin Lett and Frome are now involved, so too Greg Smith and Penzance, and also Jake Lintott and James Regan from Clevedon CC. And others are getting involved too.”
Sam is delighted that combining fun is also raining much needed cash for this particular charity, he says: “Mind is a fantastic charity doing great work for mental health support and awareness. This is really important at all times, but especially at the moment. I’m a firm believer that even if someone doesn’t have what you may class as a ‘mental health problem’, people’s mental health and wellbeing should be treated as their physical health should be, and we constantly need to take care and look after this.”
MIND Have offices in Taunton and Yeovil in Somerset, and more in Devon and Cornwall too. Their message is clear: “Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.
“We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.”
The great news is that overnight the amount raised by Bath Cricket Club has exceeded the targeted £1,000 so well done everyone involved. However the club are not stopping there and you can donate through JustGiving which is simple, fast and totally secure, and all money goes directly to the charity. Details on the link below:
Please donate if you can and spread the word, and why not get your cricket club involved too!