The Kevin Lay Foundation
“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”
The Kevin Lay Foundation was set up in November 1999 in memory of Kevin, a church warden at St Catherine’s, Littleton, who died tragically in a plane crash in Kosovo. He was on his way to work with Tear Fund, a Christian aid agency, rebuilding property for homeless refugees, as a member of their Disasters Response Team.
At Kevin’s funeral Lynn asked that the collection should be used for helping young people to emulate Kevin’s work in the Developing World and from this has sprung the Kevin Lay Foundation. Its aim is to provide money to help young people, of any denomination, from Littleton and the surrounding area, to travel abroad and work on short-term projects with a Christian mission or aid agency such as Tear Fund, Scripture Union etc.
Since its inception the foundation has made grants of over £30,000 to nigh on 100 recipients, enabling local youngsters to take part in short term projects around the world. Three young travellers were helped by the Kevin Lay Foundation during 2016 and two in 2017. Their trips took them to France, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda, Kenya and Greece (working with asylum seekers).
Kevin cared passionately about the social injustices of this world and felt called by God to do something actively to help. He felt it was “better to light a candle, than curse the darkness”.
We are now considering applications for 2018/9, and forms are available from Carol Ward (01962 883185, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Clive Thompsett (01962 885039).