Celebrity cricket match being planned

Air Ambulance attends a casualty at Buxton cricket club
Air Ambulance attends a casualty at Buxton cricket club

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has teamed up with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance to host a celebrity cricket match this summer.

He is putting together two teams, one a celebrity team featuring well-known soap stars and 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 June 2, the anniversary of the day in 1975 when the club hosted a Derbyshire versus Lancashire county cricket match which was snowed off.

Mr Bingham 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 June 2 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.”

Tim Budd, Chairman of Buxton Cricket Club, added: “Buxton Cricket Club is delighted to be hosting this event.

“We want to do everything we can to help Derbyshire Air Ambulance who were fantastic when they came to tend to an injured player in our game against Buxworth last season.

“We are a community club, with a thriving juniors section and exciting plans for expansion, but it is only with the support of local people that we can continue to exist. So I hope that as many local people come along to show their support for the air ambulance, to enjoy a game of cricket at one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the country, and also find out how their support can ensure a thriving feature for Buxton Cricket Club.”

Tickets for the game will be £5 per person (under-16s free) with all proceeds going to the air ambulance.

Tracy Grunwell, Head of fundraising for the air ambulance, said: “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.”