Mike's Memorial Service

25 Nov 2012

Photo: Mike with a group of Scholars at Villiers Park in 2011.

It was an overcast day for the memorial service but with the numbers in excess of 300, the wonderful tributes, poems and live jazz music all added up to an incredible service in memory of Mike. For me and the girls all the anxiety and organising was worthwhile.

Thank you so much to everyone who came, gave tributes, or thought about Mike from afar. It was all so special and we will hold the day in our hearts forever.

Thank you also for all the generous donations. More than £3,000 has been raised already, which is a fantastic start to the memorial fund. Significant amounts have also been raised for the National Education Trust and Princess Alice Hospice.

We are very happy that Villiers Park Educational Trust is to honour Mike’s memory by establishing a fund that will help disadvantaged young students aged 14-19 participate in their educational activities. Through their Inspiring Excellence Programme of residential courses and their Scholars Programme, students develop key skills, self-confidence, a passion for learning and academic success. The fund will be used to support students with high potential who are in danger of underachieving. Mike would be so pleased that young people will be helped directly and myself and the girls are delighted that we are able to establish this fund. We intend to visit, become involved and feed back news via the blog. 

Mike joined the charity’s Board of Trustees in 2007. He was a passionate and enthusiastic advocate of their work to support able young people from disadvantaged back grounds to maximise their academic potential. In addition to helping to formulate strategy he wrote several articles that referred to the impact of the Trust’s high-quality provision. 

Donations of all sizes would be much appreciated and can be made by visiting the website www.villierspark.org.uk  where you can find out more about Villiers Park.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the memorial fund, please contact Kelly Dickson on 01223 872601 or email kd@villierspark.org.uk 

Thank you so much for your help and interest.

From Chrissy, Louise and Rachel

User Comments

Allison Allen - 25 Nov 2012


What a lovely and fitting idea!

Ray Alderton - 25 Nov 2012

Sorry to hear of passing

Very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I was at CRGS with Mike from 1968 to 1975. He sat two chairs behind me in the first form in 1968. We both had a love of Ipswich Town throughout the years. I caught up with him by email last year but then you lose contact. I knew he had taken a turn for the worse a few months ago, but this is a shock tonight. Pass on my best wishes to his family. Being the same age makes you very vunerable. With kindest regards Ray Alderton

Steff - 26 Nov 2012

Sounds like a very fitting tribute to an inspirational chap.

I don't know if this will be of interest but I heard about the JustGiving Awards today; given that Mike exceeded his JustGiving target under extremely difficult circs perhaps a nomination in the Special Recognition category would be appropriate and raise awareness of the fund.

All the best wishes.

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