Dorset charity set up in memory of Ed Kent will mark his 18th birthday

Dorset charity set up in memory of Ed Kent will mark his 18th birthday

Published by George Sharpe at 6:32pm 20th February 2020. (Updated at 7:47am 21st February 2020)

The Ed Kent Trust will be marking what would have been the teenager's 18th birthday with a very special fundraising event.

Ed Kent from Dorset, died following a severe asthma attack at the age of 13. He was a keen cricketer and musician.

The Ed Kent Trust has been set up in his memory to support young people who are aspiring for greatness in sports or music.

The trust has partnered with 'Lashings World' to put on a Q&A evening with former cricketer, sports captain and King of the Jungle Phil Tufnell.

Andy Kent, Ed's father, said:

"Ed was a cricketer himself. He played at Bere Regis and played a bit for South Dorset. Cricket's my game and I've got a few contacts in the game

"Ed was a left-arm spinner, Phil's a left arm spinner.

"Phil was renowned as a bit of a character as well, on and off the field but other people will know him more through being one of the captains on question of sport nowadays."

It includes an evening full of entertainment and stories from Phil Tufnell, as well as a question and answer session and raffles at the end.

Ed Kent
Andy Kent said: "The picture of Ed wearing glasses is one of the last we have of him before he died"

There's also an opportunity to meet Phil.

Proceeds from the evening will go towards the Ed Kent Trust, the charity set up in his memory.

The charity helps families who are struggling to balance their finances with pushing their children towards excellence.

Andy Kent said:

"We support young people, they have to live in Dorset, they have to be under 18 years old and we look for one of two main things

"Either they are getting better and better at what they're doing and because they're getting better they need more equipment or there's more travel involved or the expenses of just keeping going are rising."

You can find out more about the event from the trust's website.