Ground improvements at Southwell Cricket Club give lockdown cheer
A cricket-loving bilateral amputee who raised more than £5,000 with a sponsored walk around his local club’s boundary saw the funds put to use on Saturday.
Andy Ashworth, from Southwell, lost his left leg below the knee in May 2016, and the right above the knee in March 2018 and, in typical sporting fashion, capped off his rehabilitation by walking around Southwell Cricket Club’s pitch.
A former scorer at the club, Ashworth put £1,300 of his funds raised towards a new electronic scoreboard, which was installed on Saturday.
As well as being a committee member at the club, both of his sons play for the team, and he said the ground held a special place in his heart.
“The club has been suffering in recent years and we are planning to smarten the place up — this is the first big movement,” said Ashworth.
“Our scoreboard had had its day and it was getting embarrassing, so with some of the money I chipped in we had the opportunity to upgrade and get an electronic board.
“I’m describing the club as a phoenix from the ashes because we are hoping to take a massive step up.
“We had just under 200 sponsors in total and it has made a lot of people feel better about life.
“It is only a small thing, but for those who love the club it is a huge deal.”
Ashworth, who also donated to four other charities which supported him, said the new scoreboard would be the first of many major improvements the club hopes to tackle in the near future.
His latest fundraising ventures have been lockdown-based quizzes as the club is suffering from a lack of bar revenue and player fees.
“They are helping keep spirits high because as you know people have been struggling in lockdown,” he said.