We are immensely proud to host The Fiona Barker Memorial Fund. Fiona was tragically killed in a car accident in 2006. Her commitment and passion for the countryside meant that she was a great supporter of our work.
Following Fiona’s death her family established a fund to help with Countryside Learning’s work. Currently, over £55,000 has been raised by the fund. A proportion of this has been used to enable almost 13,000 children from 350 schools across the country to take part in our Countryside Classroom Programme.
Thanks to Fiona’s Memorial Fund, we have been able to establish three new Countryside Classroom Days; one on the Hatfield Park Estate in Hertfordshire; one on the Cranborne Estate in Dorset and the third at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent. This has given us an opportunity to promote our work to a wider audience.
Fiona was particularly keen to engage with some of the most disadvantaged children in our cities. Working with other charities dealing directly with children specifically from South London the fund has helped almost 900 children to attend our annual Countryside Live event in Lee Valley, Hackney, East London. This unforgettable experience is one that the children will never forget and has had a significant impact on their skills set and their educational attainment.
Fiona’s family is delighted to have formed a permanent link between Countryside Learning and the children who are most in need. We look forward to building on these links over the years ahead and to making a tangible difference to the lives of young people across the country.
If you would like to make a donation to the fund, please do so via our Virgin Money Giving page or make a cheque payable to “Countryside Learning, Fiona Barker Fund”, and send it to:
Mr Gary Richardson, Countryside Learning, PO Box 8,
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 5YJ
Tel: 01422 885566
If you are a UK tax payer Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. It is a scheme introduced by HM Revenue & Customs, which allows us to reclaim the basic rate tax you pay as a UK taxpayer. It means that for every £1 you donate Countryside Learning can claim an extra 25p of tax, at no extra cost to you. All that is required from you is a one-off declaration, please download the form. For more information about Gift Aid please click here.
Countryside Learning own 29 woodland sites across the country and we have donated one in Fiona’s memory, at East Haddon in Northamptonshire.