Bike ride to support Tom Maynard Trust
Matthew Maynard and Andrew Flintoff are set to join a host of Glamorgan players past and present in a two-day bike ride from the SWALEC Stadium to the Kia Oval next month to raise funds for the Tom Maynard Trust.
The riders will aim to arrive at the Oval shortly before the Clydesdale Bank 40 game there on Tuesday 21 August between Tom Maynard’s two counties: Surrey and Glamorgan. The match has been designated as a tribute to Maynard, who tragically died on June 18. Its proceeds will be donated to the trust.
The Tom Maynard Trust has been set up, with the go-ahead from the Maynard family, to help aspiring and disadvantaged young cricketers and other sportspeople with their career development, including support for training, education, kit and overseas visits to help them gain important experience.
The ride, the first fundraising event for the trust, is being organised by Ian Williams, who was initially going to be joined just by fellow friend of the Maynard family Martin Loosemore.
Williams said: "The cycle ride was my idea, but initially it was only going to be myself and one other, not the number of riders it's got to now. I tweeted one night what we were going to do and it was forwarded on by a number of people with more followers than me and the interest bloomed from that.
"There's a lot of Glamorgan players, past and present now involved, including Will Bragg, Matthew Maynard himself, David Harrison, who is on the staff at the SWALEC Stadium, Steve James, Darren Thomas, Andrew Davies, David Brown and Ryan Watkins, who left the staff a couple of years ago, and through a Surrey connection Andrew Flintoff is now involved, which increases the profile massively.
"There's a mix of ability in the group, from regular riders to Sunday cyclers - as I call myself to people who cycle very little - so it might be a slight wake up-call for some. I cycled to north Wales last year for Mike Powell's benefit, but that's by far the furthest I've done on a bike.
"At the start when it was just me and Martin cycling, I thought it would be great to raise £1,000, but with more riders involved and about 20 days to go, we're well past that. We've also had a substantial sponsorship figure from Brewin Dolphin and others are collecting on sponsorship forms on our behalf so we now hope to raise more than £20,000.
"We've broken the ride into two relatively even days, the first around 95 miles or so and the second, as we want to get there by a certain time, is about 55 miles.
"We've had to limit the number of cyclists to 25 for logistical reasons, but we welcome not only anyone who wishes to donate but also any offers to support us in any other practical way. Matthew has spoken about the ride being undertaken again next year, so this could be an ongoing thing."
Surrey chairman Richard Thompson said: "We are absolutely delighted to support the trust and, of course, the cycle ride. In addition to his considerable talent, Tom was an incredibly popular young man and the establishment of a trust will ensure that his name will not be forgotten. It is fitting that the objectives should focus on helping aspiring young cricketers and I am sure that an enormous number of people will benefit in years to come."
Donations to the trust can be made by contacting Jon Rees, Carston Accountants, Tudor House, 16 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, F11 9LJ. Cheques should be made payable to 'The Tom Maynard Trust'. To sponsor the cycle ride, please visit the Just Giving page www.justgiving/ian-williams15