More than £2,500 has been raised to support young victims of serious crime in Derbyshire thanks to the sporting prowess of a local sports club.
Seventeen cricketers swapped the comfort of their pitch for the streets of Derby, successfully completing the Derby 10k for charity.
Sandiacre Town Cricket Club has named children’s charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime (Embrace) as its charity partner for the forthcoming season.
The charity helps children and families recover from the impact of serious crime including homicide, sexual and domestic abuse, knife crime and other forms of violence and neglect.
The partnership comes in response to the day-to-day experience of first team player and club stalwart John Jordison who, as a Detective with Derbyshire Police, witnesses first-hand the trauma suffered by children at the hands of adults.
“We are a community club, cricket brings us together but it’s the community in which we live that is important for all of us. We were keen to support a charity this year and JJ brought Embrace to our attention. It is humbling that by raising some money we can hopefully have a marked effect on the lives of some of these children, who have been affected by crime,” said Peter Trembling from STCC..
Competing in the Derby 10k were club members John Jordison, David Jordison, Ally Leek, Neil & Jodie Smith, Danny Green, Andy Marlow, Olly Thornhill, Scott McNeil, Daniel Tucker, Jack Anderson, Bill Anderson, Peter Trembling, Matt Wright, Lyndsey Johnson, James Chapman, Andy Rhodes.
In total, the club raised £2,680.20.
Embrace is the only national charity solely focused on helping children across the UK, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, overcome trauma suffered through crime, support them and family members to cope, recover and move on. It provides a range of services from counselling, to practical support and access to positive experiences such as day-trips and family breaks.
Anne Campbell, Embrace Chief Executive, said: “The efforts of Sandiacre Town Cricket Club means that, already, we can invest in providing additional support to children in Derbyshire whose early lives have been blighted by crime.
“£500 pays for a programme of talking therapy that we know can make all the difference to how a child understands and deals with what has happened to them, and to their future outlook and prospects.”
For further information about Embrace visit www.embracecvoc.org.uk