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TSFT ‘Sponsored’ Winner of the Voice 2014

The SFT has been informed and is proud to say that the winner of the Voice 2014, Jermain Jackman, was one of the students we sponsored at the Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School.
For several years the SFT has been funding a group of students at Anna’s school. Jemain was the recipient of our funding and has now gone onto great things.

Please keep supporting us and the good causes we sponsor, download our monthly standing order form, BE A PART, PLAY A PART IN THEIR FUTURE.

Owen raises over £1500 for the trust!

A HUGE congratulations to Owen Griffith for running not one, but TWO Half Marathons in one month in support of the Stuart Feakins Trust (and raising over £1500 in the process). Owen completed the first leg of his journey in the Sheffield Half Marathon, before returning to Hackney to compete in the Hackney Half Marathon on 10 May.

Owen said, “Stuart was a dear friend who is deeply missed by us all, and the Trust continues the work that was so important to him.  He was an inspirational man who achieved great things for the young people of Hackney.”

We’d like to thank him for his amazing efforts. Please keep supporting us and the good causes we sponsor, download our monthly standing order form, BE A PART, PLAY A PART IN THEIR FUTURE.

Horse riding sessions for children

The Stuart Feakins Trust is proud to announce a donation to the Learning Trust to provide horse riding sessions  for children with special educational and complex needs. A total of 30 children from 6 different primary schools will visit Lee Valley Riding Centre in Leyton during the summer holidays where children will have the chance to take riding lessons over a period of 6 weeks. The Stuart Feakins Trust has funded these sessions in previous years and has had excellent feedback on the success of the sessions. It gives the children the chance to leave their routine environment and to experience a new activity. Our trustee Dorothy Feakins will be visiting a riding session over the summer and we look forward to updating you on the progress of the sessions.


Denia to Hackney cycle ride

On the 19th of September Andy, Simon, Daniel and Nick set out on their 2200km journey back to Hackney from Denia, Spain in Stuart’s memory.  They embarked on their incredible journey, experiencing some stunning scenery and quite a few ups and downs.

They arrived back to a packed out welcome home party at Pub on the Park in Hackney, where friends and family were waiting to congratulate them on their emotional journey. After some beers and tears, and a few speeches, exhaustion set in they were ready for a very long sleep.

Their ultimate goal was to raise money for The Stuart Feakins Trust and Great Ormand Street Hospital. Money is still coming in, so thank to everyone who donated, it will go a long way to carry on Stuart’s legacy of supporting disadvantaged young people.

If you missed their incredible journey you can still read their blog here

SFT funds local horse riding session

On Monday, June 9th, Norman and I were invited to the Lea Valley Riding Stables to see ten disabled children have their fourth riding lesson. Each child was accompanied by a responsible adult and other helpers were on hand to give assistance.  

The children came from the following schools: Millfield; St John & St. James; Lauriston and Seabright. Lessons are held Monday and Wednesday mornings. 

The group were divided into two, so that five rode at a time, while the others had a snack in the canteen.  

As it was such a beautiful day, after a brief trial walk around the exercise arena, the horses and riders were led into the grounds.  

One beautiful little girl, who had great difficulty in walking by herself, sat upright and confident once placed on the horse. She was so much at ease, one could be forgiven in thinking she had been riding for years! Several others were timid and unsure at first, but they soon relaxed and began to enjoy themselves once the horses were moving. It was obvious that contact with the animals had a positive affect on all the children – their happy smiling faces said it all.  

We were given a copy of a book each child would receive as a memento, and for follow-up work and discussion . It contained photographs, symbols and words describing their riding experiences. Later, at school and home they would be encouraged to share their personal thoughts with friends and family.  

The children gained a good deal from this project and we sincerely hope the Learning Trust can offer further support in the future.  

We also had a good time and were pleased to be invited.  

Dorothy and Norman