Remembering Dan Doherty
It was with immense sadness that we said goodbye to our wonderful friend and brilliant Trustee, Dan Doherty, on 16th March 2016.
Dan was so much more than a Trustee of Learning for Life - he really was an ambassador for the charity. His skills, knowledge and passion for the change that education can bring to children in South Asia had a significant impact on Learning for Life as an organisation, whilst his relentless energy, enthusiasm and “can do” attitude was truly infectious, and inspired staff, Trustees and volunteers alike to constantly push to achieve more.
As a Trustee, Dan gave unstintingly of his time and experience to the benefit of Learning for Life. He was always available at the end of the phone for advice or to test an idea. He was similarly committed to supporting events, and took on the role of Master of Ceremonies, which fitted his personality and sense of humour perfectly.
There is no doubt that Dan’s legacy will be incredibly long-lasting, and we have recognised this by building a school in Nepal in his memory.
In the devastating earthquake on 25th April 2015, twelve of Learning for Life’s schools in Makwanpur, a district in rural Nepal, were completely destroyed. It therefore, seemed appropriate to raise funds, in partnership with Dan’s husband, Neil Fullbrook, to reconstruct a school in Dan’s memory. The school has now been completed and was officially opened and inaugurated by Neil on February 20th. The school educates vulnerable children from marginalised communities who have either dropped out of school or never attended, so they can catch up on the education they have missed and become re-integrated into the mainstream education system. For more information on the earthquake in Nepal and the situation in the year since, please click here.
The school provides catch-up education for thirty children, and is also a space for local secondary students to study after school. Beyond this, the building is a facility for the whole community, including a library with educational resources raising awareness on health, hygiene and rights, while there is also a hall that is used for events, meetings and training sessions, and as an emergency shelter if necessary.
You can donate to The Daniel Doherty Memorial School Fund here.
Learning for Life and Neil have agreed that anyone who donates or raises £1000 or upwards will have their name engraved, alongside Dan’s, on a plaque outside the school as an everlasting tribute to their generosity and faith in continuing the legacy that Dan left us all with. Everyone who donates, whether large or small will join their name to a scroll which will be held at The Daniel Doherty Memorial School for future generations to enjoy. There will also be a regular blog on the build of the school.
Dan left a deep impression on everyone he met, and certainly on all at Learning for Life. The charity was a cause that was very close to his heart, and we hope that you will be able to support us in raising funds to build this school in his memory. Any contribution, big or small, would mean a huge amount.
If you would like to speak to a member of the Learning for Life team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 020 7385 8765.
Many thanks for your support.
Learning for Life would like to say a huge thank you to those who have already donated or supported, be that directly, by attending an event, or by completing the British 10K London Run or jumping out of a plane at 12,000 ft to raise funds for the school. Special thanks to Judith Donovan CBE for her very generous gift, which has significantly helped us on our way to the target, and to Dan's husband Neil, who has been so inspirational in bringing together family, friends and colleagues of Dan's to support in whichever way they can.
Dan Doherty Memorial School case studies
As the pupils of the Dan Doherty Memorial School go through their educational experiences provided by the school, we are fortunate enough to have received some case studies from three students: Sagar Thing, Mamata Praja and Sarita Praja.
You can read their stories in more depth here.