Chorley Cricket Club has launched its fundraising drive for the upgrade of the pavilion and changing facilities.

The main thrust of the initiative is the ‘Buy-a-Brick’ scheme, which it is hoped will go a long way towards raising the £18,000 needed to fully fund the extensive revamp of the pavilion and changing facilities.

The club secured a £50,000 grant under the Inspired Facilities Olympic legacy scheme for the project, but as part of the terms of the grant need to raise additional sum to cover the full cost of the project.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and Chorley Council leader Alistair Bradley were in attendance to perform the official launching ceremony.

“We are very excited about the project, which will be carried out by a partial volunteer workforce, and when it is completed it will represent a huge asset for us. said Chorley CC chairman Peter Mockett.

“However, we know that we have a considerable sum to raise ourselves and so in many ways the hard work begins now.

“We have already had a number of significant donations from members and we hope the ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme will build on that and speed us towards our target.”

Each brick, which will form part of the new structure, costs £50 with the price including an inscription of the donor’s choice.

Members, sponsors and supporters can also make independent donations of any amount by contacting the club or any club official.