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About David Randall Foundation

Our Objectives:

  • To support people who demonstrate exceptional dedication and passion in pursuing their ambitions in sport or music but may be held back by their financial situation.
  • To support people with life limiting illnesses for whom extra support would give opportunities to enjoy life to the full for as long as possible.

The David Randall Foundation was conceived by members of Maldon Cricket Club in February 2012 when David Randall (aged 27), a member of the club since the age of 6, was diagnosed as having terminal cancer.

David was an enthusiastic cricketer from a very early age and was determined to excel at the sport. Throughout his youth and teens he lived and breathed cricket, teaching himself all the techniques from an Imran Kahn coaching manual and then putting them into practice at a local field with his long suffering parents being required to throw down balls in specific areas so he could perfect a particular stroke.

All his hard work paid off when he was noticed by coaches at Maldon Cricket Club and sent to county trials at the age of 10. David continued to dedicate himself to reaching the highest possible standard and he played for Essex teams from Under 10 to Under 19, being the player of the year for five years in succession. He also was selected for the South of England team at every age group and was part of the England Under 15 squad.

At Maldon cricket club David (affectionately known as Arkle by his team mates) made his debut for the first team at age 13 and was a regular member of the first X1 by the age of 14 and continued to play for the team and score runs even after being diagnosed with cancer.

As well as being an exceptional cricketer David also became a popular and dedicated coach, inspiring the young people he taught both at Maldon Cricket Club and the Essex Central board squads with his dedication and passion.

David’s passion was cricket but he was also talented in many areas of sport, playing hockey for Maldon 1st X1 from the age of 14 and rugby for Maldon rugby club in his youth.

David’s other enthusiasm was music and although he received a few piano lessons he was mainly self taught and the Randall household was often treated to performances from a very diverse repertoire as David’s taste in music was eclectic, loving classical music, jazz of all varieties, as well as enjoying Elton John, Robbie Williams, Jamiroquai and a variety of popular artists. David was a founder member of the popular Maldon band Soul Attraction who until his death performed at numerous charity and club events to great acclaim.

It is a testament to David’s stamina and determination that he completed the Maldon Mud Race, raising over £300 for MacMillan nurses, less than a week before he collapsed on an aeroplane in May 2011, which led to the diagnosis of his terminal illness.

Both in illness and in health David provided an inspirational example to others. Blessed with effortless natural talent in many fields he was none the less humble and gracious, pursuing the activities he loved for the joy and passion he felt for them, rather than for the glory or adulation that may result from having taken part.

When struck by illness David’s qualities shone through even more strongly. He bore the illness with incredible equanimity and bravery – never once complaining or asking ‘why me?’ and whilst battling to enjoy life until the very end he faced the inevitable outcome with a calm acceptance which demonstrated an amazing lack of self-importance or entitlement.

Through the David Randall Foundation it is hoped that such qualities will be encouraged in others whilst they pursue their ambitions and that David may continue to inspire and encourage others for generations to come.