Charity Cycling for the Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust

In November 2016, four girls who went to school with Luke decided they would do a Charity Bike Ride in order to raise money for the Trust in Luke's memory.

They didn't just get on their bikes and ride. Oh no, they got into serious training before the event!


Here are two of the girls with Mercedes Peynado from the Live Fit Gym in Llandeilo

They went about raising money in a very professional way by setting up a Just Giving page and decorated collecting buckets for donations during Llandeilo's annual Festival of the Senses.


How much tinsel can you get on one bucket?

They also had t-shirts made with Luke's picture so that no one could be in any doubt of what charity they were supporting!


Fab t-shirt!

They raised nearly £250 just from the collection buckets at the Festival of the Senses alone.

David, Kim and all the trustees would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated and to the girls for their hard work and the money which they raised in Luke's memory which will go towards educating local school children about water safety. The Trust has sent over 200 children on Water Awareness Courses this year alone and this money will allow us to send many more.

 

 

 

Trust News Update

It is just over a year since the trust in Luke's memory was established so we thought that this would be a good time to take stock and reflect on what has been achieved in this short time.

Last Summer nearly 300 schoolchildren attended Water Safety Awareness courses funded by the Trust and we are already signing up pupils for the 2014 programme. Our aim is to educate the pupils, as they enter secondary school, of the dangers of water and how to avoid them at a time in their lives at which they become more independent and curious and are more likely to explore dangerous locations such as quarries and rural waterways. We hope to extend this course throughout Carmarthen in the future.

Also twelve pupils and two teachers were fully funded to attend the Aberdovey Outward Bound Centre for a week's course. The course aims to give young people invaluable experience to help them become more confident, teach them to work as a team and gain skills which may not be accessible to them in their day to day lives. The pupils that attend this course are chosen by the school and cost the Trust £500 per head for the week.

The trust was also delighted to give a donation of £500 to Jess Davies who won a place for an educational week at the NASA headquarters and needed to raise funds for her travel.

Without the generous fundraising efforts of the Trustees and the General Public and those who put their loose change into our collection boxes none of this would be possible.

We would like to say a huge 'thank you' from all of us at the Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust.

Diolch o galon i bawb sydd wedi helpu gwneud gwaith yr Ymddiriedolaeth yn bosib.

 

 

Towy Boat Club

In September, members of the Towy Boat Club took part in the London Great River Race 2013, rowing a 21 mile course up the River Thames from the Isle of Dogs to Ham in Richmond.

There were three teams from the Boat Club taking part with the under-16s team raising money for the Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust. They set a club record by completing the course in just under three hours and raised £1000 for the Trust.

David Somerfield was there to see them compete and he, along with everyone else associated with the Trust would like to give heartfelt thanks for their generous donation.

 

 

 

Owen Skilton

We'd like to say a big thanks to Owen Skilton, a pupil at Tre-gib School for his kindness and his generosity of spirit. Instead of a birthday present he asked for money to be donated to the Luke Somerfield Trust - see the letter to Mrs Griffiths, the head teacher at Tre-gib below.

Owen, you are an inspiration, we are proud of you and Luke would have been proud of you.

 

Presentation from The Robert Dickie Charitable Trust

We like to thank the trustees of the Robert Dickie Charitable Trust for their generous donation of £500. This will enable us to send 40 children on the water safety awareness course and we are deeply grateful for their support.

Visit the Robert Dickie Charitable Trust here.


Carol Banbury and David Somerfield (centre) receive a cheque from some of the trustees
of the Robert Dickie Charitable Trust

 

Trust News

At the end of June, we are sending 12 children and 2 teachers to Aberdovey Outward Bound Centre.  A few of our trustees are going up to see them in action and we very much hope to have some video or photographs to post on this site soon.

We are funding 289 schoolchildren to attend water safety awareness courses this summer, these have already started and will run for the next few weeks.

 

Teaching water safety awareness and potential life saving skills

In the summer of 2013, we are planning to send 12 pupils and one teacher from Tre-Gib School to the Outward Bound Centre in Aberdovey for eight days. We believe the Outward Bound experience will be very beneficial to youngsters who would not normally be able to go on such courses and we know that, for some children, they can be a life changing experience.

We are also funding Water Awareness Courses for children in Carmarthenshire. Hopefully this may be instrumental in preventing another tragedy such as Luke's from happening.

Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in 11-18 year olds and statistics show that most of the people in this age group can swim, so the courses aren't meant to make the participants stronger swimmers, but are a way of teaching people to recognise danger and equipping them with the knowledge to know what to do, or not to do in an emergency .

We are proud to have raised enough to make this possible for the current year and are hoping in time to be able to support other schools throughout Carmarthenshire.

We will work tirelessly to raise enough funds to achieve this. We have very recently been given corporate support to send approximately 100 children on the water safety awareness course for the next three years.

As a very new charity we would be enormously grateful for any support.

 

Aviva Broker 2013 Community Fund Grant


Kim and David Somerfield receiving the cheque from representatives of Aviva

We are very happy to announce that the Trust has been awarded £2500 by the Aviva Broker 2013 Community Fund.
We are so grateful to Old Oak Insurance who generously nominated us.  

 

The Black Tie Gala to mark the official launch of

The Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust

 

Full Report >>

 

Parachute Jumps in aid of Luke's Memorial Trust

The parachute jumps which were due to have been held on the morning of 13th April 2013, the day which would have been Luke's 15th birthday, have now been postponed until the 20th April due to adverse weather.

There are two sponsored jumps taking place, one in Swansea and one in Gloucesetershire to raise money for the Trust. If you know anyone taking part we would be grateful if you could sponsor them.

 

Metro Newspapers - ING Direct Award

Kim and David Somerfield, Luke's parents, have won an award given by Metro Newspapers and ING Direct Bank for being 'Truly Decent' People. They win a hand-crafted solid silver coin and £1000 which will be donated to Luke's Memorial Trust.

 

Ysgol Tre-Gib held a very successful Sponsored Walk earlier this term, and a large amount of money was raised. Prizes were awarded for those who collected the most money, and for the best Fancy Dress on the day. Staff and pupils entered into the spirit, and there were many excellent costumes including a whole class of Noah and his animals, colourful characters from Alice in Wonderland, an array of Roman soldiers and various Super-heroes.

The charity supported by the school's sponsored walk this year is the Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust. Luke was a Year 9 pupil at the school, and tragically lost his life after getting into difficulties at Cilyrychen Quarry in June. The memorial trust has been established by Luke's parents, Dai and Kim Somerfield, and its aim is to support the advancement in life of young people, up to the age of 18 living in Carmarthenshire by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities. Funds raised by the Trust will be used towards the improvement of education, training and recreational facilities in the Carmarthenshire area.


Mrs Kim Somerfield receiving a cheque for the Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust from Ysgol Tre-Gib Headteacher Mrs Julie Griffiths. Also in the photograph - Mrs Carol Banbury (Trust Secretary) and pupils Denholm and Kyziah Woodward, who collected the highest sum of money.

Ysgol Tre-Gib has also been supporting the Carmarthenshire County Council Toy Box Christmas Appeal, as part of the Year 11 Welsh Baccalaureate programme. The Headteacher would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the appeal, including numerous generous donations from parents and local businesses.

The Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust
Crug-las, Bethlehem, Llandeilo, SA19 9DT
Registered Charity No. 1149179