England cricketer Luke Wright has chosen to support the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund for the year, after being granted a ‘benefit year’ by his home club.
Grantham-born Luke, nephew of well-known Grantham Carnival chairman Roy Wright, will hold various events to raise money for the fund, plus the Make A Wish Foundation and the Broad Appeal, which funds research into motor neurone disease.
Talking about his reasons for choosing the children’s fund, Luke said: “I’ve known Roy has supported the charity for a long, long time. He said himself that it’s not easy getting funding as the charity is not as well-known as some.
“And having kids myself I can see it’s a great charity, and it’s close to my heart having Roy involved.”
The 30-year-old, who lives in Sussex with his wife and two children, was granted the honour of a benefit year by Sussex County Cricket Club, as a long-standing player of 11 years. He said: “It’s a big honour. It’s a chance to be able to give back a bit, which is great.”
Luke was born in Grantham and brought up in Redmile, where he attended the village primary school. The family moved to Bottesford and Luke attended Belvoir High School.
He moved to Sussex in 2004 as his career in cricket took off, and has lived there since.
He said: “We still go back to the Grantham area to visit friends and family in that part of the world.”