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Posted: 23rd March 2021

Heslington Cricket Club 'stumps' up support for York Mind

Heslington Cricket Club partnering York Mind for the 2021 season

HCCHeslington Cricket Club are delighted to announce the charity York Mind as their senior shirt sponsor the 2021 season.

The club have partnered with the cause as a result of a recent competition, where 100 tickets to nominate a new sponsor were sold to the public to raise money for the cricket club - rather than find a commercial sponsor in these difficult times.

The winners of the competition were Alison & Simon Desborough, who nominated local mental health charity York Mind. The couple were very keen to link Heslington Cricket Club to the charity, as they believe that mental health is such an important subject for people of all ages to address.

The couple said: “We are really aware of the importance of raising awareness and looking after mental health. York Mind are an excellent local organisation and we hope this arrangement will help both the cricket club and the charity”.

Holly Bilton, Fundraising Manager for York Mind, said: “We’re so thankful to have been nominated by Alison and Simon for sponsorship of the new club shirts. We really do appreciate the attention given by all at Heslington Cricket Club to the importance of maintaining good mental health – particularly in these challenging and changing times. We hope that through this partnership, at least one person will feel more able to open up and seek support for their mental health locally.”

The shirts will be worn with pride by the clubs’ three senior teams in the York Senior and Vale league this season (Covid regulations allowing). The club are planning activity to promote mental health initiatives in cricket, and will also be fundraising for the charity.

The club are also trying to raise funds for a outside cricket net facility to get as many adults and children playing cricket this summer, a just giving page has been set up at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Heslingtoncc

Anybody wishing to get involved in the club should contact Heslingtoncc@gmail.com

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