STEVEN CROFT joined stars from the world of sport, television and business to back a campaign that aims to change perceptions of Down's syndrome.
Twincess was launched by Chorley couple Matt and Jodi Parry, whose two-year-old twins Abigail and Isobel Parry were born with the condition.
More than 100 people attended a ‘curry night with the stars’ at the popular Elephant Restaurant, in Euxton, and raised £5,000 for Twincess.
Lancashire all rounder Croft joined Chorley FC footballer Andrew Teague and Adam Roscoe; Wigan Athletic coach Graham Barrow; and X Factor finalist Jonjo Kerr to turn out on the night.
Croft, who was interviewed by compère Michael Finnigan, about his career spoke about hitting the winning runs which sealed Lancashire’s first outright County Championship in 77 years in the final game of the 2011 season.
The Blackpool-born star said: “It’s a great cause and I was more than delighted to lend my support.”
A cricket bat signed by Lancashire’s cricketers raised £380 for Twincess in an auction.
Dad Matt Parry said: “It was humbling to see the likes of Steven give up his time after a long season and really get involved.”
The father-of-three said every penny raised from the night would go to helping other families touched by Down’s syndrome.
“We didn’t know that Abigail and Isobel had Down’s syndrome until two weeks after they were born,” he recalled. “We were devastated at the time but the reality was we were ignorant about the condition and we resolved to raise awareness about Down’s and banish some of the myths that surround it. That’s where the idea of Twincess came from.
“Our slogan is ‘Let’s see the ups and not the Down’s’ and that was never more true than at the curry night with the stars.’
For more information about Twincess go to www.twincess.org or on Twitter at @Twincess1
Caption: Matt and Jodi Parry with daughters Abigail and Isobel with Steven Croft.