Trust to be set up in memory of Tom Maynard – 16/07/2012 The Maynard family has given the go ahead for the establishment of a trust in the name of Tom Maynard, who died tragically on 18 June 2012. The Tom Maynard Trust will exist initially 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. Its establishment is to be supported by individuals connected with the two county cricket clubs Tom represented during his playing career – Surrey and Glamorgan – and one of the Trustees will also be a nominee of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, with whom the Trust is expected to work closely as it grows and develops. More information will be made available on 21 August during the CB40 match against Glamorgan at KIA Oval, as Surrey CCC use the occasion to commemorate Tom’s life. Richard Thompson, Chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club, said, ” We are absolutely delighted to support this venture. 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.” Martyn Ryan, a friend of the Maynard family and one of the founding Trustees, said, ” This has been such an incredibly difficult time for the family but the suggestion of a Trust in Tom’s name will provide a real focus for them and help to keep Tom’s name alive. At this stage we’re looking at some objectives based around helping emerging disadvantaged cricketers but we recognise that these things evolve and we hope that as the concept grows we can consider other ways of providing help for young people. We’re pleased that it will involve personnel connected with both of Tom’s clubs as well as the PCA, an organisation his father Matthew continues to be such a proud champion of.” Donations can be made by contacting Jon Rees, Carston Accountants, Tudor House, 16 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LJ. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Tom Maynard Trust’. Notes to Editor A special cycle ride is also being organised next month to raise funds for the Trust. Ian Williams and Martin Loosemore, friends of the Maynards, will be cycling from the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff to the Kia Oval in London, timed to arrive in time for the Glamorgan/Surrey match on 21 August. They will be accompanied by the Sunday Telegraph Cricket Columnist and former Glamorgan and England cricketer, Steve James, and they are expected to be joined on part or all of the ride by Matthew Maynard. There will also be a fundraising event on the evening of 20 August at Newbury Rugby Club. Details to follow. Details of how to sponsor the cyclists can be obtained from Ian Williams, 8 West Orchard Crescent, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 1AR, tel: 07721 596783. A Just Giving page is being set up to assist with donations.