The Charity Commission has officially recognized the Tom Maynard Trust as a charity (number 1149782).
The Trust, set up in June following the tragic death of talented cricketer Tom Maynard, exists to help the development of aspiring disadvantaged cricketers and other sportspeople who require support with different aspects of their career development. Areas where support is considered include bursaries, help with training and education, financial help with overseas placements, assistance with kit and equipment and, either directly or in partnership with other agencies, providing support for raising awareness and rehabilitation programmes within sport.
Mike Fatkin, one of the Trustees, welcomed the news:
“Although we’ve been active for some months now we’ve had to wait for official recognition from the Charity Commission before being able to really throw ourselves into supporting the various fundraising activities. To date well over £50,000 has been raised through a whole variety of different initiatives and we’ve made our first awards. We have a few “admin jobs” to sort out now that we have official charity status but we expect to sort these out in the coming weeks.”
The Trustees have agreed a £250,000 target to be achieved over a 55-month period from the start of 2013, the 55 representing Tom’s squad number at Surrey.
Chair of the Trustees, Martyn Ryan, said:
“The Trustees have agreed a target of a quarter of a million pounds as our preliminary objective, and have set ourselves until July 2017 to achieve that goal. We will see how things develop and review progress as we go. We have been heartened by the support we have received to date and a number of fundraising events are already planned for 2013. Having made several grants already we are keen to encourage applications from aspiring young sportspeople.”
Events to support in 2013 include:
- Trek For Tom – A trek in Borneo, participants including London Welsh forward and former schoolfriend of Tom Maynard, Ed Jackson, along with Tom’s sister, Ceri (http://www.justgiving.com/Maynard55).
- St Fagans Cricket Match – A special fundraising cricket match at St Fagans Cricket Club, near Cardiff, the local club for which both Tom and, before him, Matthew, played, with a list of star names taking on the local side (details to be publicized once the county fixtures have been confirmed).
- London to Paris cycle ride in May, organized by Barry Clayton (http://www.londontoparis2013.com/).
- A major bike ride around the Test match cities of England being organized by the Professional Cricketers’ Association in aid of the Trust and the PCA Benevolent Fund (http://www.thepca.co.uk/the-big-bike-ride-bf-tmt-2013.html).
Donations to the Trust can be made to individual activities or by contacting Jon Rees, Carston Accountants, Tudor House, 16 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LJ. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Tom Maynard Trust’. A ‘Just Giving’ page is in the process of being created.
Applications for grant aid support can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org