Andrew Bingham MP organising Celebrity Cricket Match in aid of DLRAA

04 March 2013

Local MP Andrew Bingham is teaming up with the Air Ambulance this summer to host a Celebrity Cricket Match in the High Peak.

Andrew is assembling two teams, one a celebrity team - featuring well-known soap stars, as well as other celebrities - and the other a team of MPs and Lords, including Andrew, himself a big cricket fan.

The match will be held at Buxton Cricket Club on Sunday 2nd June, on the anniversary of the date in 1975 when Buxton Cricket Club hosted the only professional cricket match to have ever been called off due to snow.

Tickets will be £5 per person (under-16s free), with all proceeds going to the Air Ambulance.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) serves the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. They are funded entirely by voluntary donations and attend, on average, three missions every single day, from road traffic collisions to house fires; fallen horse riders to industrial accidents. DLRAA regularly attends any incident that is life-threatening, where access by land is limited, or where the patient's quality of life would be affected by undue delay.

Andrew said:

"I'm really pleased to be announcing this Celebrity Cricket Match in aid of the Air Ambulance. We already have some fantastic celebrities lined up - real household names who most people will know - and will be getting more in the coming weeks and months.

"I remember the 2nd June 1975 well, with Buxton Cricket Ground covered in snow, and as the anniversary this year falls on a Sunday I thought it was the ideal opportunity to commemorate the event on the original ground.

"I'm working closely with the Air Ambulance on organising the match, and we're working hard to ensure that it'll be a fantastic family day out, so put the date in your diaries today! We're still working on the exact line-up, and further details will be announced in due course."

Tracy Grunwell, Head of Fundraising for The Air Ambulance Service, said:

"It's fantastic to see Andrew and the Celebrities getting involved and helping to raise donations for this incredibly worthy cause. The Air Ambulance is a vital service in this area and Buxton and the High Peak are doing a fantastic job to help us keep the Air Ambulance flying. The support that we receive makes a huge difference, not just to us but to the lives of the people we save. I urge everyone to bring a blanket and come and have some fun."

Buxton Cricket Club

Pictured are: David Reeves, Fundraising Manager for The Air Ambulance Service, Andrew Bingham MP, and Tracy Grunwell, Head of Fundraising at The Air Ambulance Service.

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