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Blind Cricket mourns David Townley

2nd July 2015

Friends,

It is with extreme sadness that I have to let you know that in late June BCEW Chairman David Townley passed away.

DT had been on the BCEW committee for the whole life of the charity - nine and a half years - and had been chairman for about eight years.

His sudden and untimely passing is a great blow to both the charity as a whole and to those of us who served on the committee with him. DT was as much a friend as he was a colleague. He was relentlessly kind and generous with his time, and he always gave his best at whatever he did.

Those of you who knew DT will, I’m sure, share our distress at this horrible news. For those of you who didn’t know DT, he was hard working, great at bringing in funding, excellent at representing the charity, and he cared passionately about visually impaired cricket, which was never more evident than at Twenty20 Finals day - an event he started in 2008 and continued to organise every year no matter what else was happening in his life.

It is a mark of the man that DT was that he worked just as hard for the charity after he retired from playing as he had done during his very successful playing career for Metro and England.

As a mark of respect, BCEW have taken the decision to cancel all league games this weekend - 4th and 5th July - although the BBS Cup, T20 Cup and Development T20 cup matches will have to go ahead as these competitions are under time pressure.

BCEW would like to request that at every team’s next home game either a minutes' silence or a minutes' applause is held in DT’s honour.

If any of you would like to put your feelings into words please email me with any tributes or comments that you would like to pay via DavidGavrilovic@yahoo.co.uk. These will be featured in an article on the BCEW website early next week, and will all be passed on to DT’s family.

As you can imagine, losing our chairman like this has forced BCEW to make some decisions about the running of the charity. I will act as chairman until the AGM in November with John Garbett and Colin Baxter jointly taking up the position of vice chairman also until the AGM.

I’m sure that we will have more to pass on in the coming days and weeks, and both BCEW and ECB will be putting together more detailed tributes to DT in the next few days.

My most sincere sympathies and most heart felt best wishes to all of you.

Dave Gavrilovic