Former England Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan is one of three high profile sporting figures who have agreed to be Patrons of the Tom Maynard Trust. He is joined by former Australian fast bowler and current Yorkshire Coach Jason Gillespie and former Wales rugby union international and Cardiff Blues Captain, Rhys Williams, who agreed to take on the role in late summer. They bring the number of Patrons to four, Andrew Flintoff having agreed to be the first Patron last year.
The Tom Maynard Trust exists to help the development of aspiring disadvantaged cricketers and other sportspeople who require support with different aspects of their career development, including bursaries, help with training and education, financial support for overseas placements and assistance with kit and equipment and, either directly or in partnership with other agencies, providing support for raising awareness and rehabilitation programmes within sport.
Matthew Maynard said:
“I am absolutely delighted that Michael, Jason and Rhys have agreed to join Fred and become patrons. I know all three of them well and although I recognize they are very busy people, I’m confident they will give the charity as much support as they can. I can vouch for the effort Rhys has already put in, suffering through l’Etape du Tour with me earlier this year, and Fred rode with us on the recent Big Bike Ride. I know Michael and Jason will be just as supportive in their own ways and I’m touched that they so readily agreed to become involved. I can promise them both that their contribution doesn’t necessarily have to come on the seat of a bike! We all look forward to working with them.”