Warwickshire and England Cricketer Jonathan Trott has chosen to support Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukaemia as one of his chosen charities for his 2014 Benefit Year.
A loyal servant of the Bears, Trott began his career at Edgbaston 11 years ago, scoring a double century in a second XI fixture to secure his future at the club. After a hugely successful six years on the County circuit, Trott was given his chance on the highest stage when he was brought into the England Test side for the decisive Oval Test match in the 2009 Ashes Series.
Trott's announcement came days after Cure Leukaemia announced that their runners in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run raised in excess of £115,000 for the charity. The 455 fundraisers were divided into two teams for light hearted competition on the day to see who could raise the most funds. Team White was captained by Trott and Team Red led by Michelin Starred chef and charity Patron Glynn Purnell.
Cure Leukaemia are Warwickshire County Cricket Club's continued official charity partner, a relationship which has remained steadfast since Ashley Giles MBE chose the charity for his Benefit year back in 2006.
Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia James McLaughlin said:
"Jonathan Trott is one of the finest batsmen in the world and it is a great honour for Cure Leukaemia to have been chosen by Jonathan and we look forward to working with him next year. We pride ourselves on running a charity that is world class in everything that we do so we are thrilled to be supported by a world class cricketer and person in Jonathan Trott."
Jonathan Trott said:
"As Warwickshire's continued official charity partner I have been privileged to see the amazing, ground-breaking work Cure Leukaemia do. I attended their 10th Anniversary Gala dinner at Villa Park earlier this month and was struck by the amazing stories and people involved with the charity. Professor Charlie Craddock and his team at the Clinical Centre For Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are saving lives every day and are only able to do it with the continued support of Cure Leukaemia. Therefore I am delighted to name them as one of my chosen charities in my Benefit year and I look forward to working with Cure Leukaemia next year."
The relationship between Cure Leukaemia and Warwickshire started in 2006 when Ashley Giles MBE chose to support the charity in his Benefit year. The former Ashes winner and current England One-Day coach has since become a Cure Leukaemia Patron along with his former Warwickshire and England teammate Dougie Brown. The charity has been chosen by a number of Warwickshire players for their Benefit years including current batting coach Tony Frost, former captain Michael Powell and current skipper Jim Troughton who has supported Cure Leukaemia this year. It is a relationship that continues to flourish with Cure Leukaemia continuing to benefit from the support from the staff at Edgbaston with fundraising initiatives and the annual "Cure Leukaemia Day" which is held during marquee fixtures at the famous Test venue.