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

Rebecca Hanson - 25 Nov 2012

Thank you so much for letting us know.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know this.

It would be lovely to hear news in the future.

Jan Chambers - 25 Nov 2012

Thank you

Thank you the email. Just been re-reading some of the blogs. Mike's death leaves a huge void.

Rosemary Stewart - 25 Nov 2012

Mike's Memorial Service

Thanks so much for sending me this.
I was so sorry to hear of his death.
He will be very much missed.

Rosemary Stewart

Darren Mackey - 25 Nov 2012

Sad loss

Thanks for letting me know.

He will be sadly missed.

Nick von Behr - 26 Nov 2012

Mike's Fund

So glad that a fund has been set up in Mike's name as part of a bigger 'opening up education to all' exercise that many of us are engaged with. He would definitely have approved.

Fiona Holland - 26 Nov 2012

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to update us. Mike's updates have been invaluable to me and my collegues over the years and we will all miss his ability to cut through the chaos and make it clear what is actually happening. His belief in the worth of education and the work that goes on in the UK's schools was always affirming. I wish his family well for the future.

Paddy O'Dea - 26 Nov 2012

Thank you Mike

and thank you to his family for posting this news. I will miss Mike's thoughtful analysis of education issues and his compassionate, reasonable world view. His article about extra-curricular activities (the non-core bits) being the parts of our education that what stay with us for life will remain a treasure on our website (www.learning-exchange.org.uk).
Kind regards to all of you.

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