Warwickshire County Cricket Club is once again staging a food bank collection at its annual Christmas Carols Service – on Tuesday 13 December – with Members and supporters having an opportunity to join Edgbaston staff in donating festive supplies to St Basils.

St Basils – which is a partner of the Warwickshire CCC Academy and EPP programmes – works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping more than 5,000 young people each year across the West Midlands.

Last summer, 12 young people supported by the charity joined Academy members for a sports day and BBQ at the Edgbaston Foundation Ground, before watching Birmingham Bears take on Durham Jets at Edgbaston in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Basils, said: “Whether it’s tinned foods, pasta, rice, or even tea and coffee, all items donated to the food bank make a huge difference, particularly as we approach the festive season.

“We’re very grateful to our friends at Warwickshire CCC for supporting our food bank collection at the Christmas Carols Service and all items will be received with thanks.”

Tuesday’s collection is also being supported by members of the Bears’ squad who are donating a range of winter warmers, whilst the Edgbaston catering team is donating a selection of soups in Christmas week.

Doors open to the Christmas Carols Service at 11.30am on Tuesday 13 December, with the service – which features performances from the Voices from the City of Birmingham Choir – getting underway at midday.

All Members, supporters and guests are very welcome to join players and staff to celebrate the festive season with a minced pie and glass of mulled wine.