Members of the Bears’ playing squad and coaching team pledged further support to help vulnerable young people in the local community by donating to St Basils’ Shoebox Appeal.

Bears’ Bowling Coach Alan Richardson joined players Tim Ambrose, Ollie Hannon-Dalby, Ateeq Javid, Josh Posysden, Matt Lamb and Aaron Thomason visited one of St Basils supported accommodation schemes, in Highgate, with a range of scarves, hats and other Christmas gifts, which the playing squad and management funded to support many of the young people which the charity works with.

it’s great that we’re able to make a real difference by supporting the St Basils’ Shoebox Appeal

Alan Richardson

Chantel Edwards, Manager of the Highgate scheme said: “This visit and the team’s donations meant so much to the young people! Christmas can be a hard time of year for our young residents as most of them won’t be celebrating Christmas with their families. Many of our young people enjoy cricket and it means so much to them to know that the team is thinking of them at Christmas time. Donations like these can really help make Christmas special again.”

The Warwickshire CCC Academy and EPP programmes have been working with St Basils throughout 2016, whilst club staff and Members supported the charity at last week’s annual Christmas carols service, with a food bank collection.

Alan Richardson said: “With the festive season fast approaching, the cricket department was keen to make a substantial contribution to those less fortunate than ourselves, and it’s great that we’re able to make a real difference by supporting the St Basils’ Shoebox Appeal.

“The charity does fantastic work in helping people across the region, and it was a pleasure to meet its team and spend time with many of the young people that it works with.”

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