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 Here you will find our latest news articles, detailing the latest developments in both our fundraising activities in the UK and our programme work in Zambia. For older stories, see the archive. Have news of your own? Let us know via the contact page and it could appear here.

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 16:09

Christmas Newsletter Now Available

Christmas NL News Story 2018

Read our fourth and final issue of 2018

Our fourth and final newsletter of 2018 is now available. You can download your copy of our special Christmas issue today, read via Issuu, or view some of the individual stories online below.


  • We launch our Christmas Appeal 2018, which aims to raise £36,000 so that we can extend our support to 900 vulnerable girls in Chingola into 2020
  • Supporter Hal Moggridge shares his impressions of our work in Chingola, based on his visit to Zambia this summer
  • We celebrate the efforts of Bedales School, which sent a large team to once again take part in the Great South Run this year - so far raising over £4,200
  • Presenting the newly-updated online shop, where our brand-new 2018 Christmas cards, cookbooks and much more is now available to purchase
  • Information about the two trustee vacancies Cecily's Fund is currently looking to fill - if you or someone you know has the skills we need, please download our information pack

As ever, we'd love to hear your views on the newsletter and our work as winter and Christmas approach. The Christmas Appeal 2018 will begin on December 1st - any help you could give us in reaching our ambitious goal would be much appreciated.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 12:24

Cecily's Fund Trustee Vacancies

 Trustee Vacancy

Cecily’s Fund wishes to recruit 2 trustees to support its ambition to be at the cutting edge of education best practice and, indeed, defining it. Cecily’s Fund is an international development charity with a concentrated area of impact in Zambia, and benefits from strong, well established relationships with partners and local government. With the right trustee support, it is well placed to innovate to improve education and resilience outcomes for vulnerable young people. We are looking for 2 trustees with:

Expertise in at least one of the following:

  • Education policy in developing countries
  • Programme delivery in Zambia
  • Marketing & Communications in the international development sector
  • Fundraising with high net worth individuals.
  • Corporate fundraising

Relevant Networks to CF’s work, including at least one of the following:

  • Zambian education sector
  • Zambian private sector
  • Zambian government
  • Global education networks
  • Education related academia

For further information (including application instructions) please download our information pack.

Closing Date for Applications: 3rd December 2018

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 16:48

Autumn Newsletter Now Available to Download!

Autumn NL News Story 2018

Autumn has arrived, and with it our third of four newsletters this year. You can download your copy today, or read the newsletter via Issuu, or read the individual stories online using the links below.


  • New possibilities: how our DREAMS Innovation Challenge project is giving new hope for the future
  • Seeing change first-hand: from the diaries of our latest supporters to visit Zambia, this summer
  • A new dawn: find out how one of our savings groups has helped found a new school in Kitwe
  • Returning to the Great South Run: Bedales School aim to beat their £8,000 fundraising total from 2017
  • Southborough High School's 10K triumph: celebrating the school's fundraising success in July

We would love to hear your views on all of our latest stories as we move into Autumn. Our next newsletter will be available in November, and will launch our Christmas Challenge for 2018.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 11:16

Returning to the Great South Run

GSR 2018 News

Last year, the community around Bedales School - where Cecily was educated - gathered a team of 34 runners to take part in the Great South Run in Portsmouth. This huge fundraising effort raised over £8,000 which was split equally between Cecily's Fund and the John Badley Foundation.

This October, a new team of Bedales staff, pupils, parents and alumni will return to Portsmouth and the Great South Run. The event takes place on October 21 and 22, and a Pledgit fundraising page is open now.

"As one of the runners in the Great South Run last year I am delighted that we are going to organise a repeat once again this year [...] raising some good money for the two excellent causes being the John Badley Foundation and Cecily's Fund."

Stephen Walls, Bedales parent

Once again, Pledgit and the Country House Company are generously matching the first £1,000 raised - with your support, the Bedales community can beat their fantastic 2017 total, and Cecily's Fund can make an even greater impact this year!

Supporter Trip 2018


Last month, a small group of Cecily’s Fund supporters, staff and trustees visited Zambia where they had the chance to see our programmes first-hand. By meeting children and young people, teachers, community members and our partner staff, they learned more about the situation facing Zambian society and the difference our work is making. What follows is just a few highlights of this intense and varied trip.

On July 9th, Craig Covil - a director of American Friends of Cecily’s Fund - wrote about meeting a Cecily’s Fund alumnus who now works for one of our partner organisations.

“As we were leaving the Afya Mzuri offices we met Jane Salimata, a Cecily’s Fund sponsored student how has graduated Grade 12 and University.  She is now working full time at Afya Mzuri’s office. It was pleasing to see full circle a child, go through the whole programme and now be gainfully employed.” One of Jane’s roles for Afya Mzuri is to help collect inspiring case studies to be shared with our supporters in the UK.

On July 10th, Marion Gilpin visited a training centre which is a key stepping stone for some Sunshine Club members.

We visited the Kitwe Vocational Training Centre run by the Ministry of Education. This provides 2.5 years of training in practical subjects: heavy duty machinery repair, metal fabrication, electrical engineering and automotive repair. 11 Sunshine Club members were now studying at the Centre. Applicants must first apply to the centre, be assessed and then, if accepted, apply for a government bursary. With a letter of recommendation from CHEP, 90% of Sunshine club members are accepted onto courses and get bursaries. A certificate is given at the end of the course. Our 11 students get full tuition scholarships but must still find their own accommodation and food and  safety boots, helmets and overalls.

The Principal told us that the college capacity was 600 students, but only 300 places had been taken up, due to funding issues. Tuition fees for 1 term are 2,200 kwacha.

Our students joined us after finishing an exam. They looked very cheerful, and all anticipated a pass! They told us that they would not have had this great opportunity without the help of Cecily’s Fund.

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Hal Moggridge writes about being introduced to our DREAMS Innovation Challenge programme on July 11th.

The programme in Chingola District is in its second year of a two year scheme. It is financed by the US government through Cecily’s Fund and is an experiment in spreading the ideas developed by the Fund into a new area.  900 girls who had dropped out of education after free primary provision are being supported in 20 government schools, and are now studying at grade 9. They are vulnerable children and often orphans and are at the critical early teen age - 13 – 14 year olds or older.  The schools receive 50 or 100% of the $50 annual fee and the girls get uniforms, shoes and textbooks. The project is supported by three Afya Mzuri staff assisted by volunteers, 24 grade 11 trained peer group leaders who encourage the girls to persist, 10 fresh start advisers and 38 Join In Circuit (JIC) advisors on sex education outside the school.


The programme is proving a great success - the girls have come to love school and only five of the 900 have dropped out of the programme. Most of the girls are expected to be capable of proceeding to the next grade in secondary school.  Parent groups are being set up, though resources are small. In the more remote schools, the children are wearing shoes and smart uniforms for the first time.


Look out for more coverage of the 2018 supporters' trip to Zambia in our forthcoming Autumn newsletter, due in mid-September. If you'd be interested in visiting Zambia yourself on a future supporters' trip, please let us know via our contact page.

10K 2018 News 2

Cecily's Fund is hugely grateful to the 20 people who ran the Virgin Sport British 10K on Sunday July 15th. The team, drawn from Southborough High School, Doughty Street Chambers, and independent runners, have together raised a fantastic total of over £4,260!

While many of us were relaxing and preparing to watch the World Cup final, these inspiring runners were preparing to make their way into central London to compete alongside 10,000 others. The British 10K is one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK, a staple of Cecily's Fund support for over a decade, and takes in iconic sights such as Big Ben, St James' Palace and Trafalgar Square.

We're particularly grateful to the 14 members of staff from Southborough High School who took part on the day and have together raised a tremendous sum of £2,131 including Gift Aid. In addition to raising money online via JustGiving, the school also undertook other fundraising activities including an auction for a pair of football boots from former Ivorian international Kolo Touré.

The fundraising pages for all of our runners are still open and we would very much appreciate further donations if you are inspired by what our runners have achieved. The total raised so far is enough for us to help over 80 orphaned and vulnerable children remain in school for a year - a fantastic impact.

Support Our Runners - JustGiving Pages

10K 2018 News

Whether or not England reach the World Cup final, this Sunday is guaranteed to be a momentous day - especially for 21 runners who are taking on the British 10K for Cecily's Fund!

Now run by Virgin Sport, the British 10K has been a key fundraiser for Cecily's Fund for over a decade. In recent years, our friends at Southborough High School have been regular, and successful, entrants. This year their team extends to 14 runners, and they've already raised over £1,200 - in total, all of our runners this year have raised a fantastic £2,500 so far.

"I'm so pleased to be running again for Cecily's Fund", says Camilla Darling, who ran previously in 2015 and 2016. She is one of a number of runners who are friends and colleagues of Philippa Tolmay, Cecily's sister who has taken part in the run herself. They also include Kate O'Raghallaigh, Abigail Bright and Henrietta Hill who have raised almost £650 already.

"I'm delighted to be running the 10K for Cecily's Fund - it is a physical challenge for me but the atmosphere on the day is always electric."

Henrietta Hill

On Sunday, the runners will pass numerous major landmarks including Big Ben, St James' Palace and Trafalgar Square. Each year over 10,000 people take part - supporters of Cecily's Fund have been among them since the very first event in 2004.

The difference that our runners can make through their fundraising, and that you can make by sponsoring them, is dramatic. The £2,500 already raised as of July 11 could fund the training of over 30 of our life-changing Peer Educators, who are vital role models to orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. The same amount could also helps us keep 50 children in school for a year.

While the World Cup dominates the headlines, we would love for you to support our runners who have a huge sporting challenge of their own - and one which will help Cecily's Fund make a real difference.

Support Our Runners - JustGiving Pages

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 15:59

New Alumni Victorious in 2018 Zam Challenge

ZC 2018 Postmatch

Our annual 5-a-side football tournament, the Zam Challenge, made a return on June 29 - on the one-day break from matches in the World Cup. Once again, Burford School kindly hosted the event which is still open to donations.

In the end, it was simple enough. In a Zam Challenge final contested purely by former students of Burford School, the New Alumni cruised to a comfortable 3–0 victory over their predecessors, the Original Alumni. While Haydn Parker’s team will have their team name engraved on the Zam Challenge shield, Adam Nobbs’ Originals must make do with second place — for the second year running.

On June 29, six teams competed for the shield, a field expanded from the four sides which played in 2017. The Burford School sports hall played host to a total of nine matches — six in a group stage, and three playoffs to determine final placings — which were even more intense than the games played last year. In all, 46 goals were scored in just 72 minutes of play.

The Cecily’s Fund team, recruited and captained again by Simon Isherwood, finished in third place overall thanks to a very tense 4–3 win over Burford’s Year 12 in the second playoff. Scott Latham, a constant threat for Cecily’s Fund, was declared Man of the Tournament and the team found the back of the net 12 times, putting them joint top scorers with the tournament winners.

For their part, Burford Staff will be disappointed with their attempt to retain the shield. A 4–1 loss to Cecily’s Fund severely dented their chances, but they eventually secured fifth place with a 3–0 triumph over Wenn Townsend F.C. The chartered accountants, who have sponsored the 2017 and 2018 tournaments, were a welcome presence with their own squad this year.

Match Results



Cecily's Fund is very grateful to everyone at Burford School for helping make the Zam Challenge happen; to our referee Roger; to Bill Williams for arranging the matches; and to everyone who played, spectacted, or donated at the event. So far £345 has been donated via our JustGiving page. For every £50 raised Cecily's Fund can help a child remain in school for a year, so your donations make a huge difference. If you have not yet donated, we would love for you to do so.

Be sure to have a look at the #ZamChallenge18 tag on social media for more photos, videos and updates on the Zam Challenge!

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