On 6th March 2016 Dickie Bird paid a return visit to ‘The Dickie Bird’ pub in Long
Lee, Keighley where he generously gave his time to allow fans and supporters to take photographs, sign autographs and buy memorabilia to boost funds for ‘The Dickie Bird Foundation’ which helps disadvantaged young people participate in sport. Dickie is a real ‘trooper’ and has already donated £55.000 of his own money to help The Foundation.
Many thanks to Colin and Bev who run the pub and support The Foundation. The
hospitality received was first class.
Dickie behind the bar with Colin and Bev
In December Dickie, Vic and Ted visited Ryan Sidebottom’s Cricket Academy and met the children (see photo) This a very worthy cause that we have supported for the first time this year. A more formal visit with a Press Call will be arranged in the summer.
The event was very successful, being supported by some 120 people (increase from 80 last year). Principal guests were Kate and Ryan Sidebottom together with Martin Moxon as captain of the CNG team (sponsors of the evening). For a second year, the Dickie Bird Pub won the Quiz and donated the £200 prize back to The Foundation.
2015 was another successful year for The Foundation with grants to some thirty young worthy recipients.
During the year Dickie continued to make personal donations to worthy causes including the following:-
£125,000 to build a players’ balcony on the Carnegie Pavilion at Headingley, the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club of which he is President.
£30,000 – during a visit Dickie was so moved by the poorly children and their parents at Great Ormond Street Hospital Dickie that he made this spontaneous donation.
Following a press release by the Club on Thursday 27 February 2014 Dickie said “I am delighted to have been nominated as President of Yorkshire Country Cricket Club. It is a great honour and privilege to be chosen by the Board and I hope to ably serve what I consider to be the greatest cricket club in the world. I feel humbled that my fellow cricketers and Members of the Club believe that I can contribute through my knowledge and understanding of the game.”
Dickie promised that he would continue to have a highly visible presence on the terraces where he has always readily talked with Members and visitors alike.
Finally he said “Nothing would give me greater pleasure than the Club claiming the Championship in the coming season.”
YCCC will seek ratification of Dickie’s Presidency from the Members at the Club agm on 29 March at Headingley.