For Trust supporters in the UK, it has been a time for reflection on the man and his legacy. Many will have joined in the tributes paid to him.
As a young man, Mandela himself struggled to get funding to support his studies and battled to make progress in the face of difficult circumstances. Documents from the archives relating to this tell a story that is all too familar to Trustees dealing with today’s needy students.
It underlines the importance of helping as best we can, in the knowledge that by making a difference we can offer hope for the future.