We set up CSMF to commemorate and celebrate the brief life of Charlie Sumption.
Born on 14th March 1992, Charlie was always full of promise. A character full of fun, with a twinkle in his eye, Charlie was going to take on the world and make something of it. Never shy, he touched the lives of all those he came into contact with, with his unbounding enthusiasm.
Always ready with a joke, Charlie had a great love for any sport that had a bit of action attached to it, especially sailing, skiing and rugby. He particularly loved riding his horse T.J. whom he eventually mastered without the aid of any riding lessons (as he refused to have any!). That was so typical of Charlie and his 'can do' attitude.
Charlie tragically died of Sudden Death Syndrome on the 18th April 2006 at the tender age of 14, when his whole bright future lay in front of him. It is appropriate therefore that this memorial fund should give other children the chance in life that he tragically was never destined to have himself.
The CSMF fund was set up by the Sumption Family to commemorate our brother, Charlie. We wanted to do something that he would have been hugely excited by and proud of. The result is a fund which helps kids in Africa access valuable education, and a town to improve its resources.
We are a small organisation, but thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, have raised over £250,000 - and you can be sure that every penny counts. So get involved - be inspired!
We could not have achieved all this without the help of friends and family.
CSMF has some incredibly committed trustees, our thanks continually go to: Hamish Anderson, Clare Trevelyan Thomas, Jim Barry and The Sumption Family.
Our partners, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, have kindly agreed to administer the Charlie Sumption Scholarships. 90% of the funds we raise will go towards the annual scholarships and other projects at the school. The money will be administered through Lewa Kenya who charge a 10% to pay for the costs associated with administrating the scholarships.
Although Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is primarily a game conservancy charity in Northern Kenya, it also strongly supports its adjoining communities with health and education projects. Lewa became a registered charity in 1997 and amongst its other activities, supports eight schools including Mutunyi Primary School. It already provides a number of scholarships allowing children from these other schools to attend Secondary School.
To find out more about Lewa, please visit their website at www.lewa.org/education.php
Angus Radford feeding an orphaned Black Rhino
Norton Rose Fullbright
Mount Kelly School
Sherborne School with a special mention to Abbey House