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 [email protected]