Blind Cricket England & Wales have announced the creation of an award in the memory of former London Metro and Northants Steelbacks player Charles Ronayne.
Original article by bcew.co.uk
Twice recently BCEW have opted to give out an award for Outstanding Contribution to Visually Impaired Cricket, now this will become an annual award known as The Charles Ronayne Award for Outstanding Contribution To Visually Impaired Cricket.
Anyone who has played a significant role in visually impaired cricket during the previous year will be eligible for consideration when the award winner is decided, whether it is their first year or their twentieth, whether they are an umpire, scorer, volunteer or are involved with organising a club, helping with development work or have made a major contribution to VI cricket in general.
The award will be the first thing funded by a £2,000 donation to blind cricket made following a collection at Charles’ funeral and donations online in Charles’s name. The donation was further increased by Charles’ mum Sally, sister Sara and dad Kevin.
BCEW will announce what else the donation will be used for once further decisions are made.
On announcing this award, BCEW Vice Chairman Dave Gavrilovic said:
“We felt that this award was very fitting as had it existed a decade ago, Charles would have won it himself at least twice. He was someone who went out of his way to help other people and would be delighted to know that other people who do the same will now be rewarded for their time and effort.”