CHECKLEY and Staffordshire spin bowler Richard Williams has joined fellow cricketers from the North Staffordshire South Cheshire in raising money for the NHS. With the start of the cricket season put on hold because of the coronavirus epidemic, Richard, pictured, is combining keeping fit with contributing to a 'smashthetash' fundraiser, by running to all of the league's Premier Division grounds.
"So far I've ticked off Moddershall and Blythe," said Richard.
"To fellow cricketers far and wide we are all in the same boat, but this local initiative is raising a lot of money and awareness, so please donate whatever you can, no matter how little it may seem," he added. Those taking part in the fundraising challenge are growing facial hair, with the long-term aim of developing a moustache when the first game of the season is [hopefully] played. There is a new Saturday challenge planned for this weekend, which is believed to be more family-friendly than the 'Sally Up, Sally Down' press-up one introduced by Leek skipper Alex Mellor last Saturday.
So far the participating cricketers have raised more than £11,000 through a variety of physical challenges. To donate to the 'Smashthetash' campaign, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/cricketers-against-covid19