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Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00

Help Hoggy Make a Splash for CWB

England 2005 Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard is swapping his whites for a wetsuit to raise money for Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) as part of its 10th Anniversary, and we want you to get involved to help celebrate this landmark year for the Charity.

A decade after helping sink Australia to regain the urn, "Hoggy" – who took 248 Test wickets - is taking the plunge at four open water swimming events starting with the Great North Swim at Lake Windermere (June 12-14).

 

The former Yorkshire and Leicestershire fast bowler will also compete in the Great East Swim in Suffolk on June 20, the Great Manchester Swim at Salford Quays on July 4 and the Great Scottish Swim on August 29.

hoggy swimMatthew said: "I am delighted to be taking part in the Great Swim Series to help Cricket Without Boundaries continue to grow the game in Africa and use it as a vehicle to deliver vital health messages.

"Cricket has given me so much over the years and it is great to be able to give something back. I would urge all cricket fans to support CWB - either by joining me on the swims and raising money themselves or by sponsoring me."

Like the famous Ashes series win that Hoggard starred in, Cricket Without Boundaries also celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The UK-based, volunteer-run charity was founded by three friends; Andy Hobbs, Chris Kangis and Ed Williams who gave up their jobs to spend six months travelling from Cairo to Cape Town coaching cricket along the way.

Ten years on and CWB has delivered more than 50 projects in nine countries, coached over 150,000 children and trained over 3,000 coaches.

Co-founder and trustee and Chris Kangis said: "We are delighted to have Matthew Hoggard on board for the Great Swims. CWB kicked off our first project at the end of the legendary 2005 Ashes series so it is great to have one of the stars of that series taking part in the Great Swims for CWB as part of our 10th Anniversary.

This is a fantastic opportunity for existing volunteers to celebrate the last 10 years and for new people to get involved with CWB and help make our 10th Anniversary year a real success."

You can help support Hoggy in the following ways:

  • Fancy a swim? Then sign up to “Team Hoggy”. We have free places available at each of the swims and you will have the opportunity to swim with him and be part of these fantastic events. For more info please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Cheering from the sides more of your thing? Then get along to the events and cheer Hoggy and the other swimmers on. For more info please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Not able to get along?All is not lost! You can support Hoggy by making a donation to his Virgin Money Giving Page www.virginmoneygiving.com/MatthewHoggard

All money raised will go to supporting CWB's work, using cricket as a tool for social development in Africa.

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