A new Charity has been formed in Worcester called "The Basil D'Oliveira Charity Trust". This website "D'Oliveira Foundation" has been created to promote both the Charity Trust and the life of one of Englands sporting hero's "Basil D'Oliveira".
The people, Worcester and Cricketing fans around the country wish to commission a bronze statue of the late Basil D’Oliveira and we need your help!
Premier Inn, have started building a new 120 bedroom hotel and restaurant in Worcester, at Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s New Road round, and subject to the approval of WCCC, application will be made for the statue to be positioned looking towards the river and the city.
What are we doing
It is intended that a lasting living memorial be put in place in memory of this wonderful sportsman and the statue will be just the start. To find out more, have a look at our ‘forthcoming projects’.
To get our fundraising going, we are holding a photographic competition and the winning entry will be used as inspiration by the artist, John McKenna (http://www.a4a.co.uk), a local Worcester lad who went to school with one of Basil’s sons, to sculpture this bronze work of art. You can see some of his previous work at www.statues.co.uk or www.bronzecasting.org.uk
Who was Basil
Basil D'Oliveira (known affectionally around the globe as "Dolly") was a South African-born English cricketer. He was classified as 'coloured' under the apartheid regime, and hence barred from first-class cricket, resulting in his emigration to England. Basil played for the England crickt team in forty-four Test Matches, and four ODIs. Despite his cricketing prowness, he was best know because of the "D'Oliveira affair, centred around his inclusion in the England side for a planned tour to South Africa in 1968.
How can I send funds
You can easily donate by several means. Either send us a cheque, or pay using your credit/debit card, or use a secure safe method over the internet using PayPal (our recommended method). You do not have to have a paypal account. (inactive at this moment)
Why the Hotel
Worcestershire have confirmed they have been granted planning permission to build a 120 bedroom hotel and restaurant at New Road as part of a £10million redevelopment of the ground. The Premier Inn hotel and restaurant are part of a comprehensive upgrade of the ground which will also include the construction of new conference and executive facilities.
David Leatherdale, chief executive of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, said its "simple business strategy" included making the club's finances "more sustainable in the long term and drive on-field success".
He said the addition of the new hotel and facilities for the club would "transform our ground into a 365-day-a-year venue and It will help attract further inward investment into Worcester and produce a complex the city can be proud of".
Work rapidly continues with the build of the new hotel and it is really starting to take shape now.You can see exactly where this is located on the map above (S marks the Site of the hotel), right by the river severn.