Scotland’s cricketers, who are currently involved in a one-day international series in Aberdeen, have thrown their backing behind a north-east cancer charity.
Today’s World Cup League Two match between the hosts and Papua New Guinea at Mannofield will help raise funds for Clan Cancer Support and the team has vowed to do whatever it can to help the organisation.
The charity’s members will be in attendance before and after the game, with collections being made at the gates to help support their activities in the community.
Clan’s community fundraising manager Neil Martin said yesterday: “As an ex player and a keen cricket fan, I was delighted to hear that Scotland were coming to Aberdeen to play a series of one-day matches.
“It is impressive that Cricket Scotland is supporting a local charity.
“Sport is a great way to keep fit and active and is a real release from the pressures of every day life.
“We are delighted that Scotland’s national team is partnering with CLAN to help us continue to support those undergoing very difficult situations.
Paul Macari, the commercial manager of national governing body, Cricket Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to support a local charity such as Clan.
“Cancer affects everyone and it is impressive to see an organisation which is involved throughout the community.
“Our captain, Kyle Coetzer and wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Cross were both born in Aberdeen, and fast bowler Adrian Neill started off his cricketing career with Nairn before he moved to Aberdeenshire, so this is a homecoming for them all.
“We hope to see lots of cricket fans come out to see the local boys and watch Scotland play this week.”
Clan Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer.
It aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.
Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.