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26 Aug

Emmerdale stars help to raise thousands of pounds!

A Special T20 cricket match between stars from ITV soap Emmerdale and Heworth Cricket Club on the 12th July has raised a massive £3,020 for Yorkshire Cancer Research and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Cast members Chris Chittell, better known as Eric Pollard, and Matthew Wolfenden, who plays David Metcalfe, were among those taking part in the popular event, which saw Emmerdale overhaul Heworth’s score of 116 with only one ball to spare.

Chris and Matthew also held an auction between innings, which raised more than £800!

The day also included a bouncy castle, tombola, crossbar challenge and barbecue, and staff from Yorkshire Cancer Research were there to promote the charity’s #StaySafeInTheSun campaign. The campaign has been created to help people, especially the young, understand the dangers of UV rays from the sun.

On the above picture you can see our YCR community engagement officer, Sophie Bunker receiving a cheque for half the money raised from Paul Crosby of Event Sponsor Crosby Decorators, who has just recovered from mouth cancer, and David Baker, Treasurer of Heworth Cricket Club.

“We had a very successful day for both charities and it is all thanks to the sterling effort of volunteers and supporters who helped make the day happen.” Ken Johnson, Chairman of Heworth Cricket Club.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is the official charity partner of Yorkshire County Cricket Club for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The initiative incorporates the whole of Yorkshire Cricket, including the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and the Yorkshire Cricket Board, and the charity is working with local clubs across the county to raise awareness of cancer.

Local clubs are encouraged to sign up to hold a ‘Yorkshire V Cancer’ charity match to help raise funds and awareness of skin cancer.

“We’re very grateful to Ken and all at Heworth Cricket Club for organising the day. The Emmerdale cast were great sports and provided a great show for the spectators.” Sophie Bunker, Community Engagement Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research.

For more information about holding a Yorkshire V Cancer charity match, please contact Sophie Bunker on sophieb@ycr.org.uk or 07470 057493.

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