A few years ago i lost my brother to mental illness. He was a keen Sunderland and England football fan, a Durham and England cricket fan, and a member of England's Barmy Army.
George was always one to help others, so together with Kevin Adams and supported by our family and friends, we decided to hold a memorial charity cricket day, for the Chance to Shine charity.
This will be our 7th event and we've raised over £10000 for causes such as MIND, MACMILLAN, CANCER RESEARCH, MARIE CURIE, and SARCOMA AWARENESS.
Last year we helped a young girl on her quest to recieve specialist Proton therapy cancer treatment in the US. She 18 years old, just had prom, and is now cancer free.
This year we aim to help people who have lost their way in society, thru mental and physical health.
The charities we will help this year are VETERANS IN CRISIS SUNDERLAND (VICS) and THE GEOFF HORSFIELD FOUNDATION.
Both charities are at the street level of care, for homeless men and women with mental problems, offering support, and a pathway back to 'normal society'.
Too often we look at people on the street and think "get up, get a wash, a flat, a job...."
This is simply impossible unless taboos and barriers are broken down.
We want to help them to help themselves.