Friends and family see Craig’s legacy growing

The family of young cricketer Craig Botting has been told that a seriously ill patient who received his pancreas and a kidney has died.

Thursday, 20th June 2013, 5:03 am

Craig’s mum Christine said: “We were all very upset and sad but although he didn’t have children he had a few more weeks with his wife thanks to the generosity of our beautiful son.”

However, the man who received Craig’s heart has made a “miraculous” recovery as has the man who had his other kidney. After Craig’s death his family appealed to everyone to discuss organ transplant in the event of their death.

Christine, 24-year-old Craig’s dad Richard, sister Charlotte, and partner Aimee Wardley, have now handed over more than £5,500 to the air ambulance crews who landed at Balcombe Cricket Club near the home where he collapsed with a brain haemorrhage.

More than £1,500 was raised for Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance at Craig’s funeral and afterwards at Balcombe cricket ground where he played.

A further fund-raiser weekend began with Craig’s friends marking what would have been his 25th birthday with a golf day at his favourite Manning Heath Golf Course. The day will be held annually with a silver salver to be given in his name. And at Balcombe CC, a memorial match was held for Craig and his grandfather, Trevor, who also died suddenly 10 years ago. He, like Craig, was a talented cricketer and Bottings have played at Balcombe for more than 80 years. Now, a fund-raiser in their names will also be held annually.

Christine, said: “It is yet to be verified by the KSS but we are sure we raised more than £4,000 over that weekend which is amazingly generous.”