Alice Davidson-Richards hopes Alzheimer’s Society’s new partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board could be a game-changer for dementia.
Day three of the ultimate Ashes Test on the Oval on July 29 shall be devoted to Alzheimer’s Society to boost important funds and consciousness.
And England’s Davidson-Richards, whose father was recognized with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia two-and-a-half years in the past, believes it’ll make a giant distinction.
The Kent, South East Stars and Northern Superchargers all-rounder informed the PA information company: “It’s going to be amazing for Alzheimer’s.
“The cricket we’ve had so far this summer in the men’s and women’s Ashes series has been incredible, which makes an event like this for Alzheimer’s Society a really key point.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to put themselves out there, get the awareness out there and really show what they’ve got to give and how much they can help people, give them vital hope at a time when it’s very tough for families affected.”
One in three folks born within the UK immediately will develop dementia and Alzheimer’s Society stated there are over 900,000 people dwelling with dementia within the nation – sufficient to fill the Oval 33 instances over.
The charity believes “great cricket should be unforgettable” and stated its devoted day through the last males’s Test will assist fund quicker analysis, life-changing help and important analysis.
Davidson-Richards stated her unforgettable second this summer time was within the Women’s Ashes Test at Trent Bridge final month, which Australia received by 89 runs.
England’s Lauren Filer dismissed Ellyse Perry on 99 in Australia’s first innings and Davidson-Richards stated: “I was involved in the Test squad and got to watch the girls put up a hell of a fight there.
“Watching Lauren Filer’s unbelievable spell of bowling stands out. I was watching with a friend who took her phone out to video and I said ‘imagine if you get Lauren getting Ellyse Perry out on 99’ and right on cue she did it!
“That was obviously one of those moments. It’s been an incredible summer for the girls and great to see how much fight they have shown.”
Davidson-Richards stated she owes her profession within the sport to her cricket-mad father.
“He’s from Yorkshire and I lived next to a cricket ground so I didn’t really stand a chance,” she stated.
“I additionally had three older brothers, who aren’t nearly as good at cricket, in order quickly as I got here alongside and he realised I had good hand-eye co-ordination, he thought ‘this is the one’!
“I’m nonetheless fortunate to get to see snippets of him, however it’s also possible to see it beginning to take over.
“There isn’t the rationality or the memories and things like that. His short-term memory is pretty shot to pieces.”
Davidson-Richards made a shocking Test debut for England in 2022 when making 107 in a draw in opposition to South Africa at Taunton.
She added: “From a personal point of view that’s a really cool, unforgettable moment for me. Especially since my dad doesn’t have any idea what I’ve done this summer, but he remembers I got a hundred on my England debut at Taunton.
“The fact that he doesn’t remember a lot of other things that go on, it’s a special thing for him to remember that and it only adds weight to the memory for me.”