Funding boost for one of Devon’s top teenage cricketers

One of Devon’s top teenage cricketers has received a welcome boost to his fundraising efforts to join Devon’s Youth Cricket Tour on their annual Development Tour of South Africa.

/_assets/news/2913 finlay cricket award lcct.jpg

Funding boost for one of Devon’s top teenage cricketers

Fourteen year old Finlay Marks from Newton Poppleford received a cheque for £350 from Charles Fane Trefusis, a trustee of Lord Clinton’s Charitable Trust (a Clinton Devon Estates charity), towards his trip next spring, after appealing for help to meet his £2,850 target.   

The Sidmouth College student, who has played for the Under 15’s Devon Youth Cricket team for the past four years and also plays for Exmouth Cricket Club, was invited to be part of the 14-strong team that will travel to South Africa in February.

Finlay’s fundraising, so far, has included taking on a delivery round of the One Magazine in Sidford and Colaton Raleigh, a cake sale organised by his mum and a raffle at his cricket club.  He has also approached a number of local businesses and organisations for sponsorship but still needs to raise another £1000.

Finlay said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me, not only to play first class cricket and see how South African cricket differs from British cricket, but also to learn about South Africa, the culture and the townships. As well as playing a series of games we will be visiting Table Top Mountain and going on safari in the Kruger Park, which I’m really looking forward to.”  He added: “I still have quite a lot of money to raise and would appreciate any level of contribution, particularly from local businesses who may want to sponsor me in return for an acknowledgment or advert in our tour brochure.”

For further information or to contribute to Finlay’s fundraising efforts, contact Greg Marks at gregmarks007@gmail.com

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550