James Taylor Supports Successful Big Red Day
FORMER ENGLAND and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor lent his support to Big Red Day as spectators took part in a series of challenges to support three very important charities on Day Four of the Investec Test match between England and Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford.
Emirates Old Trafford’s charity day saw hundreds of people take on fitness based challenges to promote healthy living and was also supported by members of the media, including the Sky Sports team who wore red ties.
These fun challenges – managed by Trafford Leisure - included running between wickets, the furthest distance cycled on a WATT bike in a minute and the furthest distance rowed on a rowing machine in a minute.
Lancashire players Liam Livingstone, Rob Jones and Saqib Mahmood set the benchmark with some rather impressive times, which saw a competitive response from supporters taking part in the challenges.
James Taylor, who was forced to retire from the game after being diagnosed with a heart condition earlier this year, said: “I was really honoured to get behind Big Red Day and show my support.
“All three charities do vital work and every pound raised really does make a difference.
“I was pleased to see so many people take part in the challenges on the day and it’s really important to help raise awareness.
“The day was rounded off by a great England Test victory at Emirates Old Trafford.”
The three charities involved - the LCCC Foundation, We Love MCR and the British Heart Foundation - shared ten percent of the revenue generated from the ticket sales of Day Four of the Investec Test and also received donations from the public on the day.
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive of Lancashire County Cricket Club, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that Big Red Day was a success and raised some vital money for three very important charities.
“That so many people engaged with the challenges and activities on the day was a pleasure to see. Raising awareness of their work is just as important as the donations they received and I’m really pleased that Emirates Old Trafford and Lancashire County Cricket Club were able to play a part in this success during what was a fantastic Test victory for England.
“Big Red Day will become a feature in future Test matches here at Emirates Old Trafford and plans are already underway for next year’s Test match between England and South Africa.”
Sandy Mitchell from the LCCC Foundation added: “We are extremely grateful to Lancashire County Cricket Club and to James Taylor for the support they have provided to the three charities through Big Red Day.
“It was great to see so many people taking on the fitness challenges provided by Trafford Leisure and really getting into the spirit of the day. The money raised will help to support a number of projects, programmes and events that will benefit a wide range of individuals and communities and we look forward to working together again on Big Red Day 2017.”