We are pleased to announce our chosen charity for 2018 is the David Hoyle Foundation. Launched in January 2018, following the tragic death of David in June 2017, the foundation will support educational and environmental projects in Nguti (Cameroon), the home of David’s widow Marceline, which adopted David as one of its own when he lived and worked there.
As a social scientist, David devoted his life to protecting African forests and natural ecosystems. He believed in protecting its biodiversity for the indigenous people and communities that depend on it, and securing its vital role in mitigating dangerous climate change for the benefit of us all.
The aims of the foundation include the provision of further education to local children and vital investment in the local schools and hospital. In addition, the foundation aims to provide the tools and training to local farmers to allow them to progress from subsistence farming to be able to trade surplus goods to the benefit of their families and local community.
As with previous years, this charity is close to our hearts – with our own Frank Ilett being actively involved in the charity, having known David through the football team that their children play for. Frank, along with Lexi Boyes, Ava Alleyne and Hannah Collins attended the official launch of the foundation on 21 January 2018, with over 200 people, at which Frank pledged our efforts for the year.
CEO of the charity, Marceline, and David’s sister, Julia Hoyle, visited our offices this week to introduce us to the work of the charity. Marceline commented: “my sincere appreciation to the entire team for the warm welcome… This is the beginning of a new journey and I’m proud to walk it with you all”.
Haberman Ilett are very excited to be part of this great initiative.