Zak Raynor is the envy of most young sports fans after being presented with a signed Brian Lara cricket shirt by his local MP.
The 11 year old Zak from Hirst Courtney was given the shirt by Selby and Ainsty MP, Nigel Adams, who recently played in a charity cricket match with the former West Indies legend.
Nigel was so impressed when he heard about Zak’s fundraising efforts in aid of Martin House children’s hospice that he asked Brian Lara to sign one of his shirts for Zak.
Zak raised £146 at a recent fun day organised by Drax Cricket Club by having a stall with games including guess the Teddy’s name. His MP then matched the fundraising cash so Zak now has £300 to donate to the Boston Spa based hospice “Good night’s sleep” appeal which is being championed by BBC Radio York and it’s listeners.
Nigel Adams said “Zak is an inspirational young man who despite the difficulties he faces, decided to raise money for Martin House children’s hospice. He did brilliantly well and I know he’s a big cricket fan so I told Brian Lara about him and he agreed to sign one of my parliamentary cricket shirts for Zak”
The Good Night’s Sleep Appeal is raising funds to provide care for families who are struggling to look after children with life-limiting illnesses in North Yorkshire. BBC Radio York’s listeners have now raised over £170,000 with a couple of weeks of the appeal left to go.
Nigel added “I have invited Zak and his family down to Parliament next month to meet the victorious Yorkshire County Cricket Club team that recently won the county championship and I’m sure he’ll have a memorable day”