Kent batter Joe Denly is one of 47 riders that will cycle from Emerald Headingley to Lord’s Cricket Ground this weekend in aim of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
The cricket community has come together in Leeds ahead of Friday’s Headingley to Lord’s bike ride, which takes place over three days and will see participants arrive in St John’s Wood late on Sunday afternoon.
It promises to be a special occasion as the Trust’s first major physical fundraising challenge since the Three Peaks in October 2019.
England stars Denly, Tim Bresnan and Ryan Sidebottom headline the list of participants, which is made up of current and former professional cricketers, PCA executive staff, sponsors and PCA commercial partners, all of whom have generously given up their time to support the Trust.
Following a launch event at Headingley on Thursday evening, the scenic journey begins the following morning and will pass through some of the country’s most historic towns and cities, including Lincoln and Cambridge, as the riders cover 435km over the course of three challenging days.
Over £55,000 has already been raised by incredible fundraisers ahead of the beginning of the event, and all funds will go towards the provision of life-changing support for those who need it most.
Since 2015, the Professional Cricketers’ Trust has assisted 426 individuals in the area of mental health alone, and further support offered by the charity includes the provision of specialist medical equipment, advice in difficult situations and more.
Ahead of Vitality Blast Finals Day, which this year supported the Trust, 11 past and present professional cricketers came together to produce a special video outlining what the charity means to them.
If you can, please consider supporting the riders during the Headingley to Lord’s challenge to help the Trust continue it’s life-changing work – it really will make a difference to those who need it most.