The Broad Appeal
Supporting Motor Neurone Disease
During the Ashes 2013/14 Tour we decided to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease in association with The Broad Appeal. We wanted to support Stuart Broad not only on the pitch but also in raising funds for the charity he, along with his father and sister set up in the memory of his step mum, Miche. Miche Broad sadly lost her life to Motor Neurone Disease in 2010. Chris, Stuart and Gemma set up The Broad Appeal to raise awareness and money to help fund research into finding a cure for MND. MND is a disease that attacks the nervous system and eventually leaves the sufferer unable to walk, talk or feed themselves. We organised a series of events over the Tour where the Barmy Army congregated and enjoyed a party atmosphere (despite the results on the pitch!) and donated through raffle, auctions and Tshirt sales. We were incredibly delighted to raise over £50,000 whilst just as importantly raise awareness for this devastating disease. Chris, Gemma and Stuart have been overwhelmed with the generosity shown by the Barmy Army and wish to pass on their sincere thanks to, in their words, 'the best supporters in the world!' We will be continuing to support the Broad Appeal in raising awareness of MND at future events, which we will publicise on Facebook and Twitter.
Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
Supporting the people of New Zealand
Our chosen charity during the 2013 New Zealand Tour was Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust. We chose this charity as this was a city that would not be visited on the 2013 Tour. A number of Barmies had previously visited Christchurch and it was evident when visiting in March 2013 that this city still required support to restore it back to its former glory. We raised funds through auctions, raffles, a Curry night and a Q&A with Graham Gooch, holding an event in each Test city Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. Each night had the usual Barmy Army party atmosphere and we raised a fantastic NZD14,460 (£8,000) on this small tour and were very grateful to the England team for donation of some fantastic signed kit. The money we raised was specifically put towards fixing Garrick Park where the sports fields were still not fit for use 2 years after the earthquake damage.
Supporting children in India
On the much awaited tour to India and the city of Kolkata we held a charity night to raise funds for the Magic Bus, which, through mentoring and a sports based curriculum engages children in India to make choices towards a better adult livelihood. We raised a total of £5,000 which will help towards Magic Bus aspiration to move a million children from poverty into a cycle of confidence, learning and employment.
Their Future Today
Supporting Orphans in Sri Lanka
During the 2012 Test series in Sri Lanka the Barmy Army held a charity night and raised monies for Their Future Today, a Sri Lankan based charity, helping orphans and reuniting families still affected by the Tsunami 2004 and Chance to Shine. The money for Chance to Shine was in memory of Barmy stalwart George Summerside, with funding going specifically into the Durham area which was George the Podge's local county club. A total of £6,250 was raised in the Barmy way split between the two charities.
Barmy Army turning pink
The Barmy Army raised approximately $37,500 (£23,234) during the 2010/11 Vodafone Ashes Tour in Australia which was fantastic and a great effort from all of the English fans who were out there. The money was raised through a variety of measures including special McGrath Foundation nights at the Barmy Army HQ's in each Test city; T20 Bashes games against the Fanatics, the selling of the hugely popular pink T shirts and gold coin collections where possible. We were delighted that between us we managed to raise such a lot of money for the good cause that is the McGrath Foundation. The money was raised by all of the English fans who came to our HQs, took part in our raffles and bought the pink t-shirts.
Unsporting? You're barmy
Continuing the good work
The Barmy Army have raised money for Leukaemia Research, Help for Heroes, Sri Lanka tsunami, the Pakistan earthquake, Soweto Township, Walmer Township, Teenage Cancer Care, Chance to Shine, Hampton village, Durban AIDS orphanages, the Bali bombings, Chris Cairns Cancer Appeal, The Ben Hollioake Fund and Their Future Today.
Chance to Shine
Bring cricket to state schools
The Barmy Army has been a passionate supporter of the Chance to shine appeal since its inception in 2005. We have contributed and will continue to contribute towards the £25 million it hopes to raise over ten years, a figure that will be matched by the government. The aim is to get cricket back into state schools and bring the game to two million young people over a decade.