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Summer Newsletter 2014

Unique Celebrity School Report Auction Ends July 4th If you’ve ever wanted to own a unique

Organised

piece of celebrity memorabilia and to

advertising agency Dawson Pickering,

support Cecily’s Fund at the same time,

the auction will take place on eBay

here is your chance!

between June 24th and July 4th. Many

A host of exciting celebrities including Joanna

Lumley,

Idris

Elba,

Alison

Steadman, James Nesbitt, Peter Capaldi and many more have each casted their minds back to their school, days for Cecily’s Fund. They have created mock

with

the

support

of

How You Can Help  Tweet using the hashtag

of the school reports come with signed

#cfauction throughout the auction

photographs of the celebrities, and all

 “Like” the Cecily’s Fund page

money raised from the sales will be used to support the vital work of Cecily’s Fund, helping young Zambians secure a healthy future for themselves.

school reports based on what their

To make this special campaign a success

teachers said about them when they

we need your support. Please do bid for

were at school, and submitted them to

these special items, and help us use

Cecily’s Fund for a unique, one-off sale.

social media to spread the word.

on Facebook and share our auction updates  Share the link to the auction

items as widely as possible:

tinyurl.com/ cfauction

“This eBay auction of celebrity school reports organised by Cecily’s Fund is a terrific chance to bid for a unique item and help the amazing work the charity does.“ Joanna Lumley

Troublemaker: Idris Elba “is a natural leader but sometimes leads the boys down the wrong path…”


A Word From Our New Director Hello everyone! I have clearly joined

sized charities and NGOs across the UK

Cecily’s Fund at a very exciting time and

and internationally.

feel proud to be part of such a successful organisation that has made a huge impact on the lives of thousands of orphans in Zambia. Before joining Cecily’s Fund I was the Europe Director at Lattitude Global Volunteering, an international youth development charity and prior to that, Head of Fundraising and Programme Development at Bishop Simeon Trust, whose programmes were in South Africa supporting orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS. I also worked for many years as a consultant

specialising

in

capacity

building support to small and medium

I will be visiting Zambia in August to visit Partners and build on the firm foundations that have been put in place to enable us to continue to make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable children. As I reflect on my first few weeks in post, I am struck by

Cheryl Hooper, Director of

the amazing commitment, enthusiasm

Cecily’s Fund

and passion of staff, trustees and supporters of our work and feel excited and honoured to be involved in Cecily’s Fund’s development in the coming years. With best wishes,

Our Co-Founder on the Origins of Cecily’s Fund Basil Eastwood explains how he and Alison Eastwood founded Cecily’s Fund as a means to do something positive after their daughter Cecily died in June 1997. This year’s Cecily’s Day takes place on September 6th Our darling Cecily died in a car crash in the Zambia on 2

Copperbelt,

encouraging

and with a signing ceremony at the first

June 1997. In the helping the communities to look after Cecily’s Day on the lawn at our family

announcement of her funeral in the UK the

orphans

in

their

midst.

We home in Stonesfield.

we said “Garden or wild flowers only or discovered that they had used our donations to AIDS orphans in Zambia”. money to put all the children on their We were stunned to receive £6,500 books into primary school for one year. including some from people who did Naturally we asked what was going to not know us or her but had simply seen happen the following year. The answer the announcement in the papers.

“We don’t know yet” gave us our way

We sent the money out to CINDI, the little

local

organisation

in

the

Copperbelt where Cecily had been working as a volunteer, and in January

to make something positive out of our tragedy: we could give these children a chance in life by enabling them to go to school.

In 1998 it was just a few hundred primary school children and a few thousand pounds but from those small beginnings and thanks to the support of thousands of friends in the UK, in Syria, in Switzerland (where I was next posted), in the US and around the world we have enabled probably some 13,000 children to have a school education and have thus given them a

1998 when we were feeling a bit We had to go back to Syria (where I ladder to climb out of the destitution to stronger we went out to seek closure was the British Ambassador) but by which they would otherwise have been and to see what CINDI had done with it. September

1998

we

managed

to condemned.

CINDI had a network of volunteers in complete the formalities to set up the townships of Kitwe, the main city of Cecily’s Fund as a UK registered charity


Challenge Fundraisers Make an Impact 2014 has got off to a great start when it Taking place on Sunday July 13th, the comes to challenge fundraising for British 10K London Run has long been Cecily’s Fund - and there is more still to one come.

the

biggest

challenge

fundraising events for Cecily’s Fund. A

At the start of June, long-time Cecily’s Fund

of

supporter

Elspeth

Shirtcliff

completed an epic coast-to-coast walk

team of our supporters will take part again this year, including Cecily’s sister Philippa.

to raise money for the charity. Following The route is a scenic journey through a route devised by famed walking many of central London’s most wellenthusiast Alfred Wainwright, Shirtcliff known

landmarks

including

and her friends made their way from St. Westminster Abbey, Somerset House, Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Horseguards Parade and many more. North Yorkshire. To date, they have raised over £1,500.

Keep an eye on the Cecily’s Fund social media outlets for links to our runners’

On June 22nd, Anstice Oakeshott took fundraising pages and for other updates part in the first Hackney Half Marathon about the British 10K London Run and and achieved a time of 2 hours and 2 other fundraising events throughout the minutes. She has so far raised over year. £600.

Join Us!

Follow Us!

The annual Cecily’s Fund celebration and picnic takes place this year on

Saturday 6th September At Stonesfield Manor, Oxfordshire (OX29 8QB) or in the St James’

facebook.com/cecilysfund twitter.com/cecilysfund youtube.com/cecilysfund

Centre in case of rain 1pm

For all the latest updates


Forthcoming Events in 2014 There are a number of exciting events coming up in 2014 to raise money for Cecily’s Fund. From classical music performances to the 17th annual Charlbury Beer Festival, there is something for everyone to get involved in. Please let us know if you are running your own event. For more information about all of these events and to find a regularly updated online version of this list, visit our website at www.cecilysfund.org 24th June - 4th July

Cecily’s Fund Online Celebrity School Reports Campaign

Saturday 28th June

Charlbury Beer Festival - Charlbury Cricket Club, Oxfordshire

Monday 2nd July

Chepstow Rotary Club concert - Chepstow Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales

Saturday 5th July, 7:30pm

Mozart and Françaix performances - St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield, Hampshire

Saturday 6th September, 1pm

Cecily’s Day - Stonesfield Manor, Oxfordshire (OX28 8QB)

Saturday 20th September, 7:30pm

Purcell performance - St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield, Hampshire

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Cecily's Fund Newsletter Summer 2014