Stars take to field at Tonbridge for Rwanda Aid cricket match

Sir Ian Botham, Keane singer Tom Chaplin and former England rugby player Rob Andrew are among those attending a star-studded fundraising event at Tonbridge School in support of Rwanda Aid.

Sponsored by JM Finn, Sir Ian’s Invitation XI will be taking on a Rwanda Aid Invitation XI in a cricket match on 24th May. The public are welcome to come along and watch the match, which will start from around 3.30pm at Tonbridge’s renowned cricket pitch, The Head.

Others taking part include TV presenter Chris Hollins, England’s chief national cricket selector Ed Smith, former Kent Cricket captain Rob Key, ex-England cricketers Gladstone Small and Paul Parker, and England and Kent Women’s cricketer Tammy Beaumont, who is a brand ambassador for JM Finn.

David Chaplin OBE, Chief Executive Officer for Rwanda Aid, and father of musician Tom, said the charity aims to raise more than £20,000 by staging the event. “The funds will be helping to support young people living with disability in their homes, in school, in the workplace and in the community.”

Rwanda Aid works in the Western province of Rwanda, one of the poorest regions in the country. Its mission is to relieve poverty by supporting effective education and opportunity for enterprise. Helping the disadvantaged and disabled is central to its work.

There is no entry fee to watch the match, but a collection will be taken for Rwanda Aid on the day.

“Our charity works closely with the local community, identifying the most pressing challenges and then piloting innovative solutions – ones that are so effective that they are adopted and developed by the community and government,” Mr Chaplin added.

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