Fundraising taken to new heights by Disley

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MEMBERS of Disley Cricket Club are taking fundraising to new heights!

Thirty members are preparing to scale Kilimanjaro – a mammoth 19,341 feet – on a ten-metre high local climbing wall.

Working in teams of four, the fundraisers will aim to climb the equivalent height of Kilimanjaro’s highest point, Kibo, during the epic challenge at Rope Race Climbing Centre in Marple on April 22.

Organiser Stewart Reynolds said: “In reality, we’re all going to be climbing around 800 feet, and we’ve got a full spectrum of people taking part; the youngest is aged five, while the oldest, a chap called Bernie Brownsword, is probably our oldest playing member.”

As well as raising money for new equipment at the Meller Braggins League club, chiefly a new heavy roller and pitch covers, the challenge is also supporting The Lord’s Taverners charity’s new grassroots venture, Cricket United.

The club has already received an ECB grant for £2,000 towards new covers, and a grant application to Sport England is pending.

“We’re all really looking forward to it,” added Stewart. “We are not only raising money for ourselves, but for a charity that puts something back into the grassroots side of the sport. And it is great to be all doing it together as a club.”

As an added incentive, former Derbyshire County Cricket Club captain Luke Sutton is donating a shirt signed by the ‘Burnley Express’ James Anderson to the climber who raises the most money.

For further information, email Stewart Reynolds at stewart.reynolds@ergogaming.co.uk, or to make a donation visit Disley CC’s Just Giving site www.justgiving.com/DisleyCC.