The Doughty Street Dashers – chambers’ own almost-Olympian running team – have so far raised £1,186 for Cecily’s Fund, helping Zambian orphans to gain access to education.

The team’s fundraising page is still open for sponsorship here


At the British 10K race on Sunday 13th July 2014, chambers fielded a team of eight barristers and several friends of chambers.


Team runners were as follows: Francis FitzGibbon, Q.C.; Stephen Cragg, Q.C.; Alison Pickup; Philippa Eastwood; Abigail Bright; Tom Stevens; Mary Westcott; Harriet Johnson; Louw Tolmay; Camilla Barker; Elliot Hodges; Simon Southwood; Martin Goudie; Petra Bakewell-Stone; Thomas O’Neal.


Team captain, Philippa Eastwood, a trustee of Cecily’s Fund, was thrilled: “The amount we raised will go a really long way out in Zambia. It's brilliant to be able to make such a difference, helping children have access to a brighter future."


Cecily's Fund was set up in 1998 in memory of Philippa's sister who was killed in a car accident whilst on her Gap year in Zambia.  The charity works with Zambian partner organisations to ensure that vulnerable children have access to education.  With your help it supports Zambian children orphaned by AIDS to go to school by providing shoes, uniforms books and school fees.  It pays for the entire running costs (teachers’ salaries etc) of a community school including a midday meal for the children.  The charity funds a peer education programme where school-leavers are trained up in health/sex education so they can go back and hold workshops in schools, as well as for a number of school leavers to go to teacher training college.  


The charity is small, but helps thousands of children every year. 


You can see its work here


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