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£25,000 donation to help save Damilola Taylor Trust

LEGACY: Damilola Taylor was murdered in 2000 (PA)

A FUNDRAISING agency may have saved the Damilola Taylor Trust from closure due to £25,000 being donated to the charity set up in memory of the 10-year-old schoolboy who was stabbed to death in 2000.

The Trust has been facing closure due to financial difficulties, which led to Damilola’s father Richard making a public appeal for additional funding.

Listen Fundraising heard the call and the telephone-based organisation managed to raise the money for the Trust that works with inner city communities and young people.

Speaking about the donation and its importance to charity, Taylor said: “The funding donated by Listen will be critical to help keep the organisation running, and above all to continue realising the goals we set out when forming this charity in Damilola’s memory.

“Receiving such a gift on the anniversary of the loss of my son, Damilola, makes this generosity even more poignant.”

He added: “Damilola lost his life because of enormous problems in society. We’ve made great progress, but unfortunately these problems have not been resolved and too many other lives have been lost, and families left with only grief.


CHARITY: Damilola's parents Richard and Gloria (PA)

“Damilola’s dream was to ‘defend the world’. In continuing this work in his name, we are determined to make that dream a reality on behalf of all young people who yearn for a life free of fear, and full of opportunity.”

To help further ease the Trust’s debts, Listen has pledged to match any further donations made to the charity up to the value of £20,000 by March 2015.

Listen managing director Tony Charalambides said: “We are delighted to be able to help the Damilola Taylor Trust to go on undertaking its vital work through this donation.

“The thought that such a crucial initiative for inner-city youths – and such a wonderful memorial for Damilola – might be at risk of closure is a very sad one.

“By pledging to match fund a further £20,000, we hope to help the Trust find and retain many more donors to its work, and in time lift it out of debt entirely.”

It was 14 years ago today, on November 27, 2000, when Damilola was killed by group of youths who used a broken bottle to stab him in Peckham, south London. Following a long legal process, two brothers – Ricky and Danny Preddie – were convicted of Damilola’s manslaughter.

To donate to the Trust, visit: http://www.justgiving.com/ListenFundraising

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