A WORLD Cup winning England cricketer has said she is delighted to be named the newest patron of a Colchester charity.
Tammy Beaumont has taken up the position at the Rob George Foundation having attended Loughborough University with the charity’s inspiration.
Former Colchester Royal Grammar School pupil Rob tragically lost his his battle with leukaemia in 2013 when he was just 21.
But the multi-talented sportsman was determined to leave a legacy and was central in setting up the charity and cultivating its two aims – to provide financial support to young people with life-threatening or terminal illnesses and to help those with an exceptional commitment to sport or performing arts, but who may be held back from their goals financially.
Tragic – Rob George
Tammy, who was named player of the tournament when her England side won the World Cup in 2017, has now joined Graham Gooch and Michael J Fitch as the charity’s patrons.
She said: “I knew Rob well at Loughborough University, and it is great to see his legacy live on through the work of the foundation.
“Rob’s priority was always to help and support others, and the foundation ensures that his care and compassion is experienced by an ever-increasing number of young people in need.
“As a professional sportswoman, I am a firm believer that all young people should have the opportunity to explore and develop their individual talents so as to achieve their full potential in the worlds of sport and the performing arts.
“This is not always possible for everybody without the support of an organisation like the Rob George Foundation.
“I am passionate in my support for the foundation – to ensure that their fantastic work continues, and to celebrate Rob and the values which the foundation represents every day.
“Rob and I were contemporaries at Loughborough University.
“We served on the University Cricket Club committee together and it is great to see that his spirit lives on in the really important work that the Rob George Foundation does.
“Rob always wanted to support others first, which is exactly what the foundation seeks to do.
“For me, I support the foundation to ensure Rob’s legacy lives on and through what Rob and his family went through they can support other families going through similar difficult circumstances.”
Rob’s dad and chairman of the foundation, Philip George, added: “We are very excited to welcome Tammy as our third patron.
“Cricket and Loughborough University were two things massively close to Rob’s heart.
“She was a peer and good mate of Rob’s and with so many of our grantees aspiring to reach the levels that Tammy has in their chosen sport, the fit could not be more perfect.”