The trustees were saddened to hear news of the death of Trust co-founder Will Simpson on 7th July 2021 at his home in Wincanton, Somerset.
His wife June said the Trust’s Summer newsletter, celebrating the charity’s 30th anniversary and paying tribute to Will’s part in its foundation in 1991, arrived just days after he passed away.
She said: “I remember how much the enterprise meant to him and how the group made every effort to get the wording right and to make the launch effective.” She believes he would have been delighted to have known what the Trust is still able to achieve.
The trustees are grateful to June and the children, Harold, Lucy and Victoria, for a generous donation of £500 to the Trust in Will’s memory. His contribution will not be forgotten.
The family lived for many years in Canterbury, where Will was Librarian for the University of Kent and fostered a relationship with the Cathedral Library. A message of condolence from the University said Will’s time there “was characterised by forward-thinking and efficient management, together with a deep dislike of red tape and paperwork”. It praised him for having been always approachable and helpful.
Trust Chair Roger Smith remembers Will’s commitment to the development of the charity in the 1990s and how pleased he was at the increasing numbers of students that were being helped, from what he said was an original ambition to provide bursaries for perhaps just one or two students.
Will stepped down as a trustee in order to focus on other charitable commitments but remained a dedicated supporter, for which the trustees were always grateful.