Tonbridge School match raises £35k for Rwanda charity

Stars including legendary all-rounder Sir Ian Botham, former England rugby player Rob Andrew, and ex-Test players Gladstone Small, Rob Key, Paul Parker and Andy Whittall, who is also director of the school’s Tonbridge Society.

Three alumni of the school also took part, English cricket’s national selector Ed Smith, pop singer Tom Chaplin of the group Keane, and TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing winner Chris Hollins.

On the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, the funds will go towards one of the charity’s latest projects, the Alivera Centre.

Named after a young girl who lost her life to epilepsy and neglect, the new facility will help young people with disabilities to access education and training.

David Chaplin OBE, chief executive of Rwanda Aid and father of Tom, said: “Thanks to the wonderful generosity of everyone who came to our cricketing fundraiser at Tonbridge, work on our Alivera Centre can now begin.

“We work closely with the local community, identifying the most pressing problems, and this new development is a major step forward.

“Helping the disadvantaged and disabled is central to the charity’s work.”

The fundraising was boosted by a lunch, raffle and auction, which included prizes such as a flight in a Tiger Moth, platinum tickets for a Keane concert and a round of golf at Sunningdale with Sir Ian.

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