Ear­li­er this year, Rick Bar­row took part in a memo­r­i­al crick­et match to hon­our the mem­o­ry of Rizwan Jameel, a fel­low play­er of Rick’s at Stock­port Geor­gians Crick­et Club.

The match raised £1167.33 for a local dia­betes group in mem­o­ry of the play­er who died sud­den­ly of com­pli­ca­tions linked to dia­betes in Jan­u­ary 2021

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Image: Stockport Georgians Cricket Club after the Memorial Cricket Match

Speak­ing about the event, Rick said, Rizwan was a keen crick­eter and mem­ber of Stock­port Geor­gians for over a decade. He lost his life aged just 38 which was far too young. As club spon­sors, I was priv­i­leged to take part and rep­re­sent JBGass.” 

The Memo­r­i­al Day fea­tured a mixed game with Stock­port Crick­et Club fol­lowed by a com­pet­i­tive game against Heaton Mersey Crick­et Club. The mon­ey raised was donat­ed to Stock­port Tad­pole Group, who sup­port chil­dren and fam­i­lies liv­ing with diabetes. 

A total of £827.00 was raised on the day through a raf­fle, dona­tions and through a BBQ with all pro­duce kind­ly donat­ed by club spon­sor, J T Grif­fiths & Co. JBGass donat­ed an addi­tion­al £340.33 plus mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als for the day and sub­se­quent press coverage. 

The Dia­betes UK Stock­port Tad­pole group is one of over 350 vol­un­tary groups sit­u­at­ed through­out the UK. The group was set up in 1994 with the help of the British Dia­bet­ic Asso­ci­a­tion (as it was then). The Group since then has always been self-fund­ing and relies entire­ly on fundrais­ing activities. 

Trevor Bai­ley, Chair­per­son of Stock­port Geor­gians Crick­et Club, said Rizwan was uni­ver­sal­ly loved here at Geor­gians and in the wider crick­et­ing com­mu­ni­ty. He loved the game of crick­et and he loved Geor­gians. He played Crick­et the Geor­gians Way – Play to win, but with a smile on your face.”

As part of the trib­utes to Rizwan, the pavil­ion at the club has been renamed in his memory.