November 2014 saw the 14th anniversary of the murder of ten-year old schoolboy Damilola Taylor, who was stabbed and left to die in a stairwell in Peckham, East-London. Following the tragedy, the Damilola Taylor Trust was founded in memory of the youngster. The trust was set up with the intent of improving the lives of young people and to support young inner-city community groups.
However, in September, Damilola’s father Richard made an emotional appeal for a fresh-injection of cash for the foundation, which had been experiencing financial hardship for over three years. Revealing a debt of over £53,000, Mr Taylor expressed that it was a very real possibility that the trust would have to close if additional funds were not urgently sourced.
Fortunately, Tony Charalambides and Listen Fundraising heard the call. In November, Listen pledged £25,000 to the Damilola Taylor Trust in order to provide the financial stability needed to keep the trust afloat.
On donating the money to the DTT, Tony Charalambides remarked that the trust is a, “crucial initiative for inner-city youths” and that Listen was, “delighted to be able to help the Damilola Taylor Trust to go on undertaking its vital work.”
Damilola’s father, Richard, said that “The funding donated by Listen will be critical to help keep the organisation running” and added that, “Receiving such a gift on the anniversary of the loss of my son, Damilola, makes this generosity even more poignant.”
But Listen is not prepared to stop there. Following their own donation, they have set a challenge of raising an additional £20,000 for the foundation. They are looking for support from individuals, companies and their own fundraising team in order to reach the target. What’s more, Listen will match the total figure raised by the end of March 2015.
To find out more about the Trust, the campaign and to donate to this worthy cause simply visit the Listen Fundraising for Damilola Taylor Trust Just Giving page.