Entrepreneurs with a passion for fund raising have bowled over Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust with a major donation for its work with special needs children.
The Star Trust, which is made up business owners and entrepreneurs form the East Midlands, has stumped up more than 1,900.
We are delighted the Star Trust has chosen to support us.Darren Bicknell, chief executive
The money will help about 400 youngsters aged eight to 16 across the region.
The Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust is led by former Notts and England A cricketer Darren Bicknell and delivers Kwik and Table Cricket coaching to children with learning and physical disabilities through an in-school programme.
Mr Bicknell said: “We are delighted the Star Trust has chosen to support us.
“We are working closely with the Lord’s Taverners and the county cricket club boards to expand our programme and reach out to more special needs children, but this can only happen with the help of external funders.”
Image consultant and founder of Demi Couture, Cleo Lacey, a Star Trust committee member, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust in the outstanding work it does with children right across the region.
“The organisation is bringing sport to hundreds of disabled children, who benefit not only from taking part in new experiences, but also the camaraderie and fun with their peers.”
Fellow committee member Adam Richardson-Walsh, founder of AR Signs, said; “Star Trust is committed to supporting small charities which can struggle to raise the funds they so badly need, and we are proud to be able to help these very worthy causes carry out the vital work they deliver in our communities.
“We would urge any small, East Midlands-based charity that is seeking funds for a specific project to get in touch so that we can lend our support.”
Youngsters helped by the cricket trust are also invited to attend a cricket and countryside education day on the Belvoir Castle Estate in the summer term.
They take part in a cricket session, learn from local people such as the farmer and gamekeeper, visit the kennels and see birds of prey, gundog and fishing demonstrations.
Mr Bicknell said; “The aim is to inspire children with disabilities to overcome their challenges through the power of sport while the visit to the castle gives youngsters with special needs the opportunity to experience activities otherwise unavailable to them.”