Test batsman as guest speaker at Press Club lunch

Trott marks benefit with charity event.

England’s triple Ashes-winning batsman Jonathan Trott – who left the tour of Australia last November because of a ‘stress-related condition’ – will be talking about his experiences at a Celebrity Luncheon in Birmingham on Friday, September 5th.

Jonathan, together with ex-Warwickshire colleague Ashley Giles and a few other cricketing chums will be guest of honour at the event, organised by Birmingham Press Club as one of the first events of an official Benefit Year awarded to him by Warwickshire County Cricket Club. He will face the ‘bowling’ from BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen, who will lead a Question & Answer session. Nick, who is a keen cricket fan himself and a former president of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, commented: “Trotty has been a terrific batsman for England and I am sure he will provide a fascinating insight into the game today.”

Tickets for the three-course luncheon, which will support two of Jonathan’s local charities, Cure Leukaemia and the Tiny Babies Big Appeal, are priced at £85 plus £17 VAT. There is a discounted ticket price for Press Club members – £70 plus £14 VAT.

Press Club chairman Ed James commented: “Jonathan, now in his 12th season at Edgbaston, has made a tremendous impact on Test and county cricket in England. Jonathan lives in Birmingham and is passionate about the city. It’s a privilege to have secured him as a guest speaker, especially as this will be the first time he will have spoken to a Birmingham audience since his departure from Test cricket last year.”

Jonathan, aged 33, said: “Warwickshire players, staff and supporters have been fantastic to me during my time here at Edgbaston, and their support has been instrumental in helping me win trophies with the Bears and establishing myself in England’s Test and ODI teams. I love living in Birmingham and I had no hesitation in committing my long-term future to the club.

“I’m very grateful to everyone connected to Warwickshire for this Benefit Year opportunity and for the full support I have received from the Club and its members in recent months.

For further information about Jonathan Trott’s 2014 Benefit Year, please contact info@trotty2014.com During his year, Jonathan will be supporting Cure Leukaemia and the Tiny Babies Big Appeal at Birmingham Women’s Hospital

To reserve your place at the luncheon, to be held at Opus Restaurant in Birmingham city centre, (12.30 pm reception for 1 pm sit-down) please email: info@trotty2014.com