Summer Newsletter 2014
Unique Celebrity School Report Auction Ends July 4th If you’ve ever wanted to own a unique
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
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
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:
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
fundraising events for Cecily’s Fund. A
At the start of June, long-time Cecily’s Fund
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
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.
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’
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Centre in case of rain 1pm
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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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