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Tragic parents raise £3m to help orphans
2:00pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
Cecily Eastwood was enjoying a gap year in Zambia when she was killed in a car accident.
But now her family has been able to raise more than £3m in her name to aid the orphaned children she was there to help.
Cecily’s Fund, based in Witney, celebrated its 15th anniversary on Saturday with a fundraising event at Stonesfield Manor.
Sixteen years ago, Cecily, 19, died after a tyre burst on a pick-up truck she was driving.
She was teaching English, geography, French and German at a school in Kitwe and had been planning to go to Cambridge University.
She also helped at an orphanage for children whose parents had died of Aids.
Her mother, Alison Eastwood, of Church Street, Summertown, Oxford, said: “Cecily would be so, so proud of what is being done in her name.
“We recognised that all these children had lost parents and we had lost one child. We felt drawn to them, so founded Cecily’s Fund. We are now helping to educate 8,000 children.”
Some of the children initially helped by the fund when it started up in 1998 have now left school, but they are still being backed by Cecily’s family.
The money gives them the opportunity to gain extra training and to go back into schools to teach children about sexual education.
s For more information about the charity, see cecilysfund.org
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