Cricketer ‘blown away’ by donations for flood victims

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 January 2016

Dave Millard and volunteers from the Lions.

Dave Millard and volunteers from the Lions.


A cricketer who collected donations for flood victims said he was ‘humbled and blown away’ by the huge number of items the appeal received in just nine days.

Dvae Millard batting for Uphill.Dvae Millard batting for Uphill.

Uphill Castle Cricket Club batsman Dave Millard organised the Cricket Aid UK appeal.

He was one of the cricketers involved in a tragic motorway crash last year, in which 27-year-old Ashley Doyle died.

Dave said the club had received so much support after the accident, he wanted to do something to repay people for the messages they had received.

He turned his attention to helping people in Whalley, Lancashire, who had been hit by flooding this winter – and drove one of three vans filled with donations to the village on Friday.

Dave Millard.Dave Millard.

He said: “I am totally and utterly blown away by just how generous people of this great country are.

“BNS Management Services kindly donated one van and driver last week and then increased this to two when I became aware of just how much had been donated.

“After just two picks-ups, it was obvious we needed more transport and amazingly within 30 minutes of an SOS to BNS they had secured a larger van from South West Mercedes for our use.

“They then found another driver for us for Friday.”

Dave was celebrating his 48th birthday when he travelled to Whalley, where 250 people were left homeless following the floods.

Donations had been left at Weston Cricket Club, where two rooms in the pavilion were packed with items including beds, children’s toys and furniture.

There were also donations in Bristol and Taunton.

Weston Lions Club also donated £500 and its volunteers helped to fill the vans with items donated by supporters.

Dave said: “I am totally gobsmacked that an idea from just one week ago secured three large vans full of donations to help fellow citizens in the North. I am humbled and blown away.

“I am humbled in the extreme that I have been able in a small, small way to repay the amazing support shown to us at Uphill Castle following last year’s tragic crash.”

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