Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. We take cricket to new places and use it to ignite new passions, teach vital skills, unite diverse groups and educate young people across the UK. Since 2005, nearly six million children in schools and disadvantaged communities have been given the opportunity to play cricket through our programmes.

BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Cricket broadcaster and Chance to Shine co-founder Mark Nicholas will be making a BBC Radio 4 appeal on our behalf the week of Sunday 15 May 2022. The appeal will be broadcast at 7:54am and 9:25pm on Sunday 15 May and then again at 3:27pm on Thursday 19 May. A link to recent Radio 4 appeal episodes can also be found on the Radio 4 website.

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Bashir’s Story

The Radio 4 broadcast centres around the story of Bashir, a Chance to Shine Street participant. Bashir, a refugee from Afghanistan, arrived in the country speaking no English but by attending a Street programme he developed a real passion for cricket. Through taking part in the sport he made new friends and it enabled him to settle into the community in Thetford where he lives. Just months after entering the UK, he had already developed his coaching skills to support other children at the Street project where he plays.Bashir was named Street Participant of the Year in 2019, you can find out more of his story by watching the video below:

Matched Funding Appeal

We are delighted that, in conjunction with the launch of our BBC Radio 4 appeal, gifts to the charity will once again be matched up to a total of £50,000 (Ts & Cs apply) thanks to the support of our Patron Adrian Beecroft. Each gift we receive is hugely important and every pound we raise gives more children and young people the opportunity to develop their personal, social and physical skills through cricket.

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You can donate to the appeal online now. You can also donate by calling 0800 404 8144, or you can write a cheque to Chance to Shine and send it to Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal.

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