Cricketing community comes together to support Dravet Syndrome UK

Posted 12th May 2023 in News

Thank you to Surrey Cricket Club, the inspirational Matt Dunn and everyone involved in the #EveryDayinMay4Dravet challenge, organised by the amazing Tats Ward, for a very special day held at the Oval yesterday, to raise awareness and funds for Dravet Syndrome UK.

In a fitting tribute, Surrey Cricket Club and Middlesex County Cricket Club came together, along with the wider cricketing community to collectively celebrate the life of Florence, daughter of Surrey cricketer Matt Dunn. Florence sadly lost her life to SUDEP just a few weeks ago.

Matt, who is taking part in the #EveryDayinMay4Dravet campaign, joined with a small group of runners, including organiser Tats Ward and Dravet Syndrome UK Chair of Trustees, Galia Wilson, to run from Lord's Cricket Ground to the Kia Oval, in memory of Florence. 

In an emotional ceremony, Matt was presented with commemorative caps from Surrey's Rory Burns and Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones. Surrey Cricket Club will be continuing to promote awareness of Dravet Syndrome throughout May which will include an auction of the commemorative caps and Dravet Syndrome UK branded merchandise being available to buy at their on-site shop at the Oval. 

Matt has bravely talked to camera about Florence's journey with Dravet Syndrome, raising awareness of the challenges families face when they receive a diagnosis and the impact on their lives. During the day, Matt along with Galia, were interviewed by Sky Sports News and BBC Test Match Cricket, helping to reach new audiences who might not otherwise have heard about this devastating condition.

You can see some of the coverage highlights below:

Daily Mail Online | Independent | Cricinfo | The Cricketer

Thank you for your incredible support

Thank you first and foremost to Matt and your family for everything you're doing to raise awareness of Dravet Syndrome at such a heart-breaking time. We are especially grateful to Surrey Cricket Club for their support and organisation of yesterday's events as well as for the opportunity to raise more awareness and much-needed funds. 

Last but not least, a big shout out to all the runners who made it to London, all those who are taking part in #EveryDayinMay4Dravet and to the Dravet Syndrome community for their continued support. Funds raised enable Dravet Syndrome UK to carry out our vital work and will help us reach and empower more families, educate more professionals and fund more research.