Gregory praises Trescothick's involvement with Professional Cricketers’ Trust

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Action from the PCA Festival of Cricket at Wormsley Cricket Ground
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England's Lewis Gregory has hailed the impact and long-term involvement Marcus Trescothick has had on the Professional Cricketers’ Trust as the all-rounder gears up with Somerset for a shot at the Vitality Blast Finals Day this weekend.

The Trust is the registered charity that supports members of the Professional Cricketers’ Association or their families when they are in need, which is something Trescothick himself required.

Former England opener, Trescothick, has been a trailblazer in sport when it comes to mental health following his transparency on issues he suffered on international duty when withdrawing from the 2006/07 Ashes series in Australia.

Trescothick managed his anxiety and depression to enjoy a lengthy and successful career with Somerset through to 2019, but his openness about his struggles led to players such as Jonathan Trott, Sarah Taylor, and Ben Stokes since doing likewise.

Gregory, who played alongside Trescothick for ten seasons, said: “It’s obviously great, what Tres has done for mental health awareness over the last 10-15 years.

“It’s obviously amazing for the sport and for sport in general, and the welfare of athletes participating in sport.

“No-one’s immune to having these issues and the more we can get it out there and to have people involved like Tres, who is taking an active part in the charity and getting behind it like he is, is only going to help grow the charity.

“We’ll have more ways of being able to help, whether it’s small or whether it’s huge.

“It’s a special trust, a special charity and it helps a lot of players.”

The Trust is partnering with the ECB and Sky Sports ahead of Finals Day of the Vitality Blast to highlight the work of the players’ charity and to raise much-needed funds.

Although Gregory has not called upon the Trust’s services himself, he has seen how it helped his former coach at Somerset, Matthew Maynard, following the death of his son Tom in 2012.

They also provided support for his former team-mate Craig Kieswetter after he was forced to retire due to difficulties with his vision caused by an injury sustained while batting at Northamptonshire.

Gregory, who has played in three ODIs and nine T20s for England, said: “The Trust and what they do, present and past, for their players and members is invaluable.

“To have the ECB and Sky on board to help promote it and help get funds in for the charity is only going to help it in how it can help people along the way in their needs.”

After their spectacular 191-run victory over Derbyshire in front of a packed house at Taunton in the quarterfinals, Gregory is hoping to help Somerset go one better at Finals Day at Edgbaston, following their 25-run loss against Kent in last year’s final.

“I feel like among the squad we’ve got some unfinished business,” added Gregory, speaking ahead of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust taking centre stage at the Vitality Blast Finals Day. The biggest day in the county calendar will see awareness and funds raised for the charity which provides vital support for players and their immediate families when they are in desperate need.

“I think we’re set up brilliantly for T20 cricket and obviously last year, coming as close as we did, was pretty painful and the guys are incredibly motivated to get back there this Saturday and go one better than we did last year.”

The Professional Cricketers’ Trust provides vital support to past and present cricketers in England and Wales and their immediate families when in desperate need. The charity’s work is all encompassing, whether it be for unforeseen physical or mental needs.  Vitality Blast Finals Day is supporting the players’ charity - to find out more about the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, visit professionalcricketerstrust.org

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