Fifty dedicated fundraisers in aid of the Tom Maynard Trust and the Professional Cricketers’ Trust have accomplished the Three Peaks Challenge 2019 and raised over £50,000 with three mountains summited across three days.
The physically demanding trek was made increasingly difficult due to inclement weather on day one in Scotland, which saw the walkers climb Ben Nevis before travelling to England to complete Scafell Pike and then Snowdon in Wales on Sunday. In total, it amounted to 26 miles walked and 3,407 metres climbed on three different mountains in three different countries.
Shortly after the final fundraisers made their way down Snowdon on Sunday afternoon, the ambitious target of £50,000 was surpassed with donations open until the end of November.
The Three Peaks Challenge was the fourth major joint fundraiser between the Tom Maynard Trust and the Professional Cricketers’ Trust after the successful ‘Big Bike Rides’ which took place in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
The combined figure for the events, which have now seen challenges cover all points of the U.K. have now raised in excess of £475,000.
“The Three Peaks Challenge has been a fantastic test for us all. There have been some tough times but also great friendships formed, plenty of banter and most importantly over £50,000 raised for the two charities. Many thanks to everyone for taking part and to all those who have supported us so far.
“Fundraising is still open and we are still looking for more generous donations. On our joint events with the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, we have raised just over £475,000, it would be nice to get up to half a million! We’ve started to discuss our joint fundraiser number five for two years’ time!”
PCA President and former England captain Graham Gooch, who previously supported the Cricketers’ Trust on his Coast 2 Coast walk in 2018, led the names on taking on the challenge, was joined by a further eight past, and present England players.
In all, 23 PCA members took on the challenge, including current Director of Development and Welfare at the PCA, who is also a Director of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust and a Trustee of the Tom Maynard Trust, Ian Thomas, and he said:
“This has been a great three days bringing some fantastic supporters of both charities together. The challenge was hard enough but the conditions made it even tougher. We all know why we were doing it and we worked hard and supported each other to get everyone through it. Supporting the charities in a walk like this was one for the bucket list for many of us.
“When the cricket family pulls together like this it goes to show how we really do take care of our own. It has been a special few days and it is shows how special the game of cricket is at events like this. The money raised in terms of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust will go a long way to ensuring the charity continues to support past and present players, and their immediate families, when they need it most, and I know that the money raised for the Tom Maynard Trust will enable them to continue their fantastic work in supporting young sportspeople and education projects in sport.”
You can still donate directly to the Three Peaks Challenge with all proceeds going towards the Professional Cricketers’ Trust and Tom Maynard Trust via the Just Giving page here: http://bit.ly/3PeaksDonate
Cricketers who took part in the Three Peaks Challenge: Chris Ashling (Glamorgan), Ben Brown (Sussex), Dan Cherry (Glamorgan), Kate Cross (Lancashire and England), Nick Denning (Essex), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex and England), Natasha Farrant (Kent and England), Graham Gooch (Essex and England), Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire and England), Rob Jones (Lancashire), Laura Marsh (Kent and England), Matt Maynard (Glamorgan and England), Stuart Meaker (Surrey and England), Daryl Mitchell (Worcestershire), Gary Montgomery (Lancashire), Charlie Mulraine (Warwickshire), Ollie Rayner (Middlesex), Gareth Rees (Glamorgan), Tom Smith (Gloucestershire), Tom Stayt (Gloucestershire), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Ian Thomas (Glamorgan), Matthew Wood (Yorkshire & Glamorgan).