The Trust has made two more individual grant awards, taking the total it has distributed past the £500,000 mark.
Ben Allison, a 20-year-old seam bowler on the Essex staff, is playing club cricket this winter in Melbourne, Australia, and the Trust is supporting him with a grant of £600 to help him with his flight and accommodation costs.
Ben went out on loan to Gloucestershire last summer and made his first class debut there but he has been with Essex since he was eight years old and recently signed his first professional contract with them. He has also played for England at Under-19 level.
Stuart Whittingham, 25, also a seam bowler, has been awarded a grant of £450 to help him with a winter playing out in Durban, South Africa. Stuart came through the Sussex ranks but moved to Gloucestershire for the 2019 season, signing a three-year contract with them.
Stuart has also represented Scotland at both One-Day International and T20 level.
We wish both players a really good winter overseas and a successful summer in 2020.
Matt Maynard, one of the Trustees and a founder of the Trust set up in his son Tom’s name, said:
“When we established the Trust our original aim was to raise £250,000, so to be in a position where we’ve more than doubled that – with power to add – is fantastic. I don’t think any of us really envisaged hitting that kind of figure when we started out.
Supporting Ben and Stuart means we’ve now directly helped 75 young individuals with their career aspirations across seven sports, which is amazing. We’ve also worked very closely with nine player associations in cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league, netball, horse racing and golf, as well as with the Professional Players’ Federation. And we’ve been able to assist some other causes, such as Challenge Aid, and run a bursary scheme in conjunction with Gunn and Moore.
The support we continue to have is incredible. We’ve just been involved in a joint Three Peaks Challenge with our friends at the Professional Cricketers’ Association which raised well over £50,000, and this year’s annual fundraising cricket match at St Fagans, our seventh, was a record-breaker, bringing in over £22,500. It means we can continue to support these young people as they chase their dreams and, through their umbrella player associations, we can also help educate them and make the right career decisions as they make their way in their chosen sports.
It’s wonderful to know that the Tom Maynard Trust has been able to make such a difference.”