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Dickie Bird Plans To Donate £20,000 Book Proceeds

Monday March 11 2013

Dickie Bird by Katie Williams Dickie Bird by Katie Williams

FORMER cricket umpire Dickie Bird is bringing out a book to mark his 80th birthday in April.

Dickie, of Staincross, is planning to donate £20,000 from the proceeds to the Dickie Bird Foundation which will be distributed in sports grants to underprivileged children.

Dickie, who released his autobiography in 1998, sold more than a million copies and is one of the best-selling sports autobiographies of all time.

Dickie, whose real name is Harold, was asked to write the new book by his publishers Hodder and Stoughton but joked: "I think this will be my last!"

It's thought the book, which focuses on the impact of technology in the game as well as Dickie's stories, will be in stores about April 12 - in time for his birthday on April 19.

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Reply Posted by Mick on Monday March 11 2013 at 14:33
However well meaning it is, the Dickie Bird Foundation has been a very badly run charity. For the last 3 years it has turned over so little money they haven't even needed to submit accounts to the Charity Commission (it is very easy to find the figures on the Charity Commission website). Before that a large proportion of the money they were collecting was being spent on running costs, so not getting to the intended recipients. They haven't even got a working website at the moment!

Reply Posted by Tim on Monday March 11 2013 at 23:02
Good gesture all the same, be great if kids could see the something from the proceeds.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 10:26
Good for Dickie, but I'm sure he doesn't have to look too far to find under privilged kids. Barnsley is one of the most under-priviliged places in the country. Why not spend the money in his much beloved home town..His statue must have cost more than £20,000.???