Your chance to Potter about at Lord’s with England cricket legends and celebrities
A team of England legends will face a group of cricketing magicians at Lord’s to raise money for a longstanding Camden service that has lost its funding.
The Camden Psychotherapy Unit (CPU) has been operating since 1969, with many of those who have taken advantage of the facility being unemployed or on benefits.
Its survival is now under threat after the NHS withdrew financial support and the staff are fundraising, organising a star-studded event on Saturday May 25 at the home of cricket.
Former Middlesex and England captain Mike Brearley has assembled a side that includes retired stars Clive Radley, John Lever, Ed Smith, Mark Alleyne and Paul Downton.
They will face the Bunbury celebrity cricket team, which is due to include James and Oliver Phelps – the Weasley twins from the Harry Potter films – as well as Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas in the film series) and Rudolph Walker (Patrick Trueman in EastEnders).
Brearley, who led England for 31 Test matches, pursued a distinguished career in psychotherapy after retiring from the game, including four years working at the CPU in the 1980s.
He said: “It is an excellent and unique service that helps many people in Camden who would not otherwise have the opportunity for this kind of serious and dynamic psychotherapy.”
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David English, the former manager of the Bee Gees, founded the Bunbury team, which has raised over £15million for charities over the last 27 years.
Tickets to the match cost £65, which includes afternoon tea in the Nursery End Pavilion and a charity auction, as well as a chance to mingle with the players.
The north gates at Lord’s open at noon on May 25 so you can bring your own picnic to enjoy on the grounds, followed by the first innings of the Twenty20 match, which will get under way at 1.30pm.
Tickets can be purchased at cpubunburycricket.eventbrite.co.uk.