Walking 355.3km in Wellington Boots?…… you must be mad!!!!!!

But that’s what I’m doing. On 8th October I’ll be setting off in my wellies from Cardiff – where Tom was born – and hopefully feet intact, arriving in Colwyn Bay, where he made his Glamorgan debut, on the 21st. Taking in the Welsh Three Peaks along the way. You must be mad indeed…

I am taking on this challenge to raise funds to build a children’s cricket net area at the home of Glamorgan Cricket, Sophia Gardens, in Tom’s name as a legacy. When Tom was young and his mum brought him down to Sophia Gardens, he’d spend all the day playing cricket on the field at the top of the ground. The old stadium landscape has long since disappeared and currently there are no facilities for children to play or practice their cricket skills safely, nor are there any impromptu games on the outfield during lunch and tea intervals like there used to be.

I want to change that and by raising my target of £20,000 we’re hoping to create a ‘net’ area for children to have some fun, bowl some balls and whack it as our Tom loved to do as a child, as part of a wider family area that Glamorgan are creating. A safe place for youngsters, their mums and dads, grandparents and friends to have fun in safety.

You can donate here

Any support you can offer would be gratefully received. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Big thanks to Abbey Glass, Cardiff Macron and Dragon signs for their help and support so far.

The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in 2012 following Tom’s sudden death. We have raised getting on for £600,000 and supported numerous individuals and organisations since then. You’ll find plenty of information on the website here, including a detailed document explaining our future plans and how we arrived at the legacy idea.

Thanks so much for your support.

Matt