MP for cricket, Cricket for Change

April 5, 2013 5:43 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake joined activists and young sports aficionados for an evening dedicated to celebrating their achievements last week.

Tom attended the 'Hit the Top' award ceremony organised by the Wallington charity with a global reach - Cricket for Change (C4C). During the event, held at the Mayor of London's Office last Tuesday, Tom presented an award for the Club of The Year.

Tom said:

"I am honoured to have been invited to the 'Hit the Top Awards' event. I have met Cricket for Change representatives before and I was honoured to meet some of its talented beneficiaries."

"It is important that sport is accessible to people from all walks of life. Cricket for Change is a celebration of sports and an opportunity for disadvantaged young people to boost their confidence and make friends."

"It is clear that Cricket for Change has the real potential to change lives. I am happy and honoured to be associated with such a worthy charity."

The 'Hit the Top' programme works with young people with a physical, visual or learning disability and gives them the opportunity to access sport just like their able bodied peers. The Awards Evening was designed to recognise individuals and teams who have improved or made a change to the programme throughout the course of the last year. The night celebrated the tremendous efforts, achievements and appreciation of all the participants, coaches and volunteers on the project.

Beth Evans, a Development Manager at C4C, said:

"Having Tom at the Awards was Tom presenting the Club of The Year Award to the Harold Wood Cricket Club.really special and made the event unforgettable for the young people who attended. Tom has been supporting the charity for a while and thanks to support from invaluable people like himself we are able to do the work we do."

"To see Tom speaking with the young people and learning about their lives and what they hope to achieve was very inspirational and I know that those young people will not forget this wonderful evening."

C4C is a charity with offices and a cricket ground in Wallington. It strives to improve the lives of young disadvantaged people and inspire them to strive for self-improvement. The charity use sport to help change young people's lives. 'Hit the Top' programme works with young people with a physical, visual or learning disability and gives them the opportunity to access sport just like their able bodied peers. C4C coaches, of which more than 50% have a disability, work with young people in schools, clubs and at county level and many of them have come through C4C programmes.

In the course of the evening, Tom Brake also presented C4C, the charity Tom is collecting for this year, with a cheque for £500.

To find out more about C4C, got to http://www.cricketforchange.org.uk/

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