The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has joined forces with leading dementia charity to raise funds and awareness to help stop the devastation caused by dementia.
Day three of the Fifth Men’s Test on the 29 July will be dedicated to Alzheimer’s Society for the first time, in a bid to stump dementia out of the game once and for all.
Renamed as LV=Insurance Men’s Ashes Test Match: Day 3 Supporting Alzheimer’s Society, The ECB has teamed up with the dementia charity to raise vital funds and much needed awareness to help bring an end to the devastation caused by dementia.
The dedicated day will drive home the reality that 1 in 3 people born in the UK today will develop dementia – that’s 1 in 3 who may forget the name of their favourite player or most treasured memory of The Ashes – unthinkable for most fans.
Alzheimer’s Society CEO, Kate Lee, said:
‘The pinnacle of professional cricket, the historic Ashes Series draws crowds from around the world in a spectacle like no other.’
‘Bringing people from all walks of life together under one roof, the Ashes delivers unforgettable jaw-dropping moments and treasured memories that stay with fans for a lifetime.’
But sadly, forgetting their most precious memories of the Ashes is a heart breaking and devastating reality for so many.
‘We’re proud to be joining forces with the ECB for one of the world’s most iconic and historical sporting events.’
‘This Test Match will enable us to provide help and hope to everyone living with dementia, by funding faster diagnosis, life-changing support and vital research, making a massive difference to fans and players whose lives have been devastated by dementia.’
Ben Stokes said:‘
The Ashes is one of the great sporting contests, and over the years it has produced so many amazing memories for me and millions more.’
‘As a team we want to entertain, and to make many more memories for cricket fans up and down the country.’
‘But we know that dementia affects far too many people, and has a terrible effect on them and their loved ones.’
By teaming up with Alzheimer’s Society during the Fifth LV= Insurance Men’s Test, I’m pleased we can raise awareness and vital money to help end the devastation caused by dementia.
Penny Hoskins, whose husband, Paul, has vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, said:
‘Me and Paul have been married for 35 years, and in all that time Paul’s second love has always been cricket.’
‘There are days when the condition is more noticeable, but when Paul engages with cricket it’s like seeing him as his former self.’
‘He volunteers at his local cricket club in Horsham every week, setting the wickets and keeping the pavilion tidy. He loves it, the club are so supportive of Paul, and it makes such a wonderful difference to his wellbeing and allows me to get vital respite.’
The day Paul was diagnosed we went straight to Alzheimer’s Society, and never looked back.
‘Seeing Alzheimer’s Society with its own dedicated day during the Ashes is fantastic and will make a huge difference to so many cricket fans who are living with dementia.’