Blackpool-based cricket star Steven Croft joined familiar faces from the world of sport and TV to back a campaign that aims to change perceptions of Down’s Syndrome.
Twincess was launched by couple Matt and Jodi Parry, whose two-year-old twins Abigail and Isobel were born with the condition.
More than 100 people attended a ‘curry night with the stars’ at the popular Elephant Restaurant, in Euxton, and raised £5,000 for Twincess.
Lancashire cricketer Croft joined Chorley FC captain Andrew Teague, midfielder Adam Roscoe, Wigan Athletic coach Graham Barrow and X Factor finalist Jonjo Kerr to take part in the event.
Croft, who was interviewed by compère Michael Finnigan about his career, spoke about hitting the winning runs which sealed Lancashire’s first outright County Championship in 77 years in the final game of the 2011 season.
The 29-year-old said: “It’s a great cause and I was more than delighted to lend my support.”
A cricket bat signed by Lancashire’s cricketers raised £380 for Twincess in an auction.
Dad Matt Parry said: “It was humbling to see the likes of Steven give up his time after a long season and really get involved.”
The father-of-three, from Chorley, said every penny raised from the night would go to helping other families touched by Down’s Syndrome.
“We didn’t know that Abigail and Isobel had Down’s syndrome until two weeks after they were born,” he said.
“We were devastated at the time but the reality was we were ignorant about the condition and we resolved to raise awareness about Down’s and banish some of the myths that surround it. That’s where the idea of Twincess came from.
“Our slogan is ‘Let’s see the ups and not the Down’s’ and that was never more true than at the curry night with the stars.”
For more information about Twincess go to www.twincess.org or on Twitter at @Twincess1.
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