Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St. Albans
Dr. Bob Parsons MBE
Gordon is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge and London. Now retired, he
has worked as a Lecturer and Vice-Principal in further education, as a manager and
director in British Standards Institution, as Director General of a British industrial
federation and as Secretary General of a European organisation. He has been active
in local politics and local church and voluntary work including school governorship
and, until recently, chairmanship of DENS, the local charity for the homeless.
EXTRACT FROM CHARITABLE TRUST DEED dated 22nd February 2011
'The Trustees will apply the income of the Charity in the Township of Langa, Cape
Town, South Africa to support the Dalukhanyo Pre-School, and any other pre-school
initiatives in the Township, and any related community projects:
[A] by assistance such as materials, equipment and furnishings
[B] by direct financial assistance
[C] by the provision of financial services
[D] by undertaking any other service decided by the Trustees and not covered above'
Gordon Gaddes MA(Cantab), Bsc Econ, MA
Pamela Gaddes JP, Cert Ed
Sarah Pickles MA (Cantab), ACA
Qualifying as a teacher at Homerton College Cambridge, Pam taught in primary schools
during a 40-year period, as well as bringing up a family. Briefly a Borough Councillor,
she served for sixteen years as a Justice of the Peace on the Dacorum (Hemel Hempstead)
Bench, eight of which were as a Chairman. For many years she has been involved in
voluntary work, particularly as Chair and later President of the Dacorum Relate and
as Chair of the Hemel Hempstead Deanery Synod.
Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in 1989 and then worked
for 5 years with ICI including a stint in Japan. Since then she's been primarily
the home bird with a brood of 4 children. enjoying fundraising for the local play
group and school in the late 90's. More recently Sarah has been working in a local
school library and has returned to an earlier interest in Africa, fostered whilst
studying for her Geography degree.
The Trust Deed was signed in February 2011, following a visit by Pam and Gordon Gaddes
to the Langa Township and Dalukhanyo Pre-school in Cape Town in November 2010.
Initially the Trust will raise funds for the Dalakhanyo Pre-school to help cover
the cost of food, which is often the only nutritious meal that children receive regularly.
Over the first year the food will be bought from Harvest of Hope, a major Townships’
micro-farm initiative in Cape Town. In this way the regular funding will have both
a growing multiplier effect on the local economy and enable the Pre-school to put
to other uses the money saved through the LTPT contribution.
There is a wider vision for much deeper support later, such as the funding of building
extensions and this will be explored and planned for later in 2011.
The overall aim of the Trust is to provide annually and regularly financial support,
which in UK terms is small but in Township financial terms is very significant. Trust
administration will involve no costs on the Trust. The amount raised will depend
upon the interest that the Trust arises, but it is hoped that a minimum contribution
of £4000 annually will be made.
The Friends of Dalukhanyo will be those who make a financial contribution and who
wish to receive periodic news about progress of the initiative. To promote the Trust
a periodic newsletter and leaflets will be produced. The newsletter will be sent
by e-mail or posted to the Friends and it will aim to inform about the work, development,
hopes and problems of the Dalukhanyo Pre-school in its Langa Township setting.
Supporters of the Trust may give one-off or regular donations. Gift Aid will be possible,
whereby the standard tax payer in donating, say £10, benefits the Trust to the tune
of £12-50. Various other ways of raising money will be tested from time to time.