The Blue Funds Pilot was, as its name suggests, the first Blue Fund. It was based on an idea of Neville’s, warmly endorsed by the Head Master, and is administered by the Blue Fund Pilot ‘trio’ of Neville, Susan and Susannah on behalf of The Sue Thomson Foundation as a Restricted Fund. The Pilot Blue Fund has now completed, having secured commitments totalling £193,819 over seven years, as against the target of £161,000. The majority of the pilot’s eighty-three founder subscribers responded to individually-tailored invitations sent to ninety eight people personally known to at least one of the Trio, with some others coming in as a result of a ‘ripple’ effect.
The first Blue Fund Presentee entered the school in September 2013.
Susan Mitchell (Old Blue 1947-56, 1s, 7s). Susan is a retired book publisher. She has extensive experience in the UK grant making charity sector. Susan became a Donation Governor 1986, Almoner 1987, Treasurer 1996-2002, led ‘The Hundred Years On Appeal’ launched in 1999, a member of the Amicable Society of Blues, CHOBA and BSB. She is Chairman of the Sue Thomson Foundation.
Susannah Holliman. Susannah is the Director of the Sue Thomson Foundation. She became Donation Governor 1996 and is Susan Mitchell’s daughter.
Neville Osmond (Old Blue 1944-51, MaA). Neville was a retired general management consultant. He donated to the careers section of the School library 1987-1994 in lieu of a Donation Governorship. He was Secretary and Chairman to The CH Club 1992-1999, a Donation Governor in 2001 and ran the CH Careers Network from 1989 to 2004. He was a member of the Amicable Society of Blues, CHOBA and the BSB.
Neville was involved with many fund-raising activities including Christ’s Hospital, and he was instrumental in setting up the Blue Fund. We are very grateful to Neville for all of his hard work and support to the School over the years.
“Our experience of running The Pilot convinces us that The Blue Funds address the whole CH community by providing a means to respond to The Charge at any level of regular giving and thereby ensuring the continuation of the Mission of Christ’s Hospital in perpetuity.”
The Pilot Blue Fund Trio
“We would like to contribute to the fund as a family … its success is so important … It’s a genius idea.”
A family with a presentee in the School
“Increasing the number of needy children is, to me, the main reason for the School’s existence… a massively worthwhile fund.”
We are enormously grateful to all our donors for their generosity and support in providing a needy child’s education at Christ’s Hospital. Thank you!