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Join comedian, TV host and physical disability rugby league player Adam Hills in raising vital funds to support our national disability cricket programme, Super 1s, and help more young people like Sam.

Meet Sam

Sam is a wheelchair user. When he was nine-week’s old Sam’s mum was told her son would probably never walk or talk after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He was also born with TAR syndrome, a rare genetic condition characterised by absent radius bones in the forearms.

But these days, Sam is far too busy playing and helping others with their cricket as a qualified coach to worry much about himself. 

‘Above all, cricket has given him a purpose and reason to get up in the morning’

His athleticism is little short of astonishing. Preferring to bat and bowl on his knees, cricket gives Sam the rare opportunity to get out of his wheelchair. 

He’s a fantastic role model for all aspiring disabled sports people and above all, cricket has given him a purpose and reason to get up in the morning.

If cricket is a tool to change lives for the better, Sam is the embodiment of it.

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Cricket Transforms Lives

Nearly 9,000 young people with disabilities attend our inclusive and impactful cricket programmes every year.

Super 1s is our programme dedicated to empowering young people with disabilities aged 12-25. With access and inclusion at the heart of it, Super 1s provides an opportunity to have fun playing cricket with friends every week and experience competitive sport with peers. 

But the programme goes beyond cricket – it helps individuals develop vital life skills that enable our young participants to realise their potential.

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Help us reach 1 million young people!

Sports is a vehicle for change and nothing brings people and communities together quite like it. Yet only 1 in 4 disabled people took part in an organised activity session in the last year, and there are 1.2m young people with a disability who access sport rarely or not at all.

Every year we reach nearly 9,000 young people with disabilities across the UK, and yet over 1 million more are still not gaining access to sport and all the benefits it brings. 


You can donate to the appeal, and help more young people like Sam, online now. You can also donate by phone, or you can write a cheque to the Lord’s Taverners and send it to Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal (please mark the back of your envelope ‘Lord’s Taverners’ if you do so).

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