Northamptonshire all-rounder Gareth Berg has signed up to raise funds for the Lord’s Taverners charity through their Runs and Wickets for Change campaign to support disadvantaged and disabled young people in the county.

Berg will be helping the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity raise money with every run he scores in the Bob Willis Trophy and T20 Blast during the shortened 2020 season. He will also be replicating this fundraising for wicket taking, where you can donate to his fundraising page per wicket he takes in this year’s two domestic competitions. 

“The Lords Taverners is a fantastic charity and it is a real privilege to be an ambassador for them.” Berg said.

“I was introduced to the game at the age of 3 by my uncles and grandfather, for which I feel extremely blessed. I can’t imagine not playing cricket, I’ve made so many wonderful memories and friendships along the way so for me being able to give something back by being part of the Lords Taverners is an amazing opportunity.

“Their passion for creating opportunities for young people to participate in sport and recreation and making cricket and sport more accessible to all through the continued expansion of their programmes and further investment into vital facilities and equipment is really important, perhaps now more than ever.

Berg joins players from across the country in supporting this new style of fundraising at a time when the charity’s activity has been hampered by Covid-19.

You can sponsor each run he scores, and/or each wicket he takes, for as little, or as much as you like – and you can cap the maximum amount you’d like to donate, while also choosing whether you donate for a single match, month or year.

“Being an ambassador for the Lords Taverners is a great opportunity for me to help raise some awareness (and hopefully money!) to make cricket and sports more accessible to children who may be living with a disability or in areas where access to sports is difficult due to family finances.

“It is really important to me that the next generation are given access and opportunities to play sports and smile, no matter what.”

All monies raised with go towards the Lord’s Taverners charity cricket programmes which support some of the most marginalised and at-risk young people in the UK using sport and recreation to build links between communities and encouraging groups to play sport together.

Sign up online to donate to Berg’s fundraising efforts and to take part in the campaign.

You can also support the charity through social media, whether you can afford to donate or not, by sharing the above links and encouraging sign ups and tagging @lordstaverners.