Tom Love was an inspirational young man who will never be able to reach his full potential as he tragically passed away in December 2022 at the age of just 21, whilst living and working in the DRC.
Tom was the most amazing friend, brother and son who had the best outlook on life. He loved adventure and people across the world. He had a profound impact on people everywhere he went.
We believe that his impact should not be forgotten. We believe in honouring his passions and values by funding projects that Tom would have loved.
Working with the wonderful Angus Lawson Memorial Trust (ALMT) we want to support children and young people in deprived areas of the UK and Africa - places which Tom had very close to his heart. As examples, we want to help improve access to education and healthcare in Africa, as well as developing young people’s horizons here in the UK - showing them that you can follow your passions and give them a sense of adventure, whilst improving their quality of life.
Details of projects that we choose to partner with in the UK and Africa will be shown on the website as we choose them (see "Funded Projects"). All administration costs are covered, so you can be sure that every penny raised will go directly towards projects supporting children and young people. If you want to contact us for more information, please use the "Contact Us" dialogue box on the website.
(for large or overseas donations please go to "Downloads" for bank details)
Tom was a free and independent spirit. He was constantly curious and fascinated about the world, meeting people and chatting with everyone! He knew early on that a conventional path in life was not for him - the thought of sitting at a desk everyday horrified him!
At the age of 17 he (secretly) applied to the Army Officer Selection Board for entry to Sandhurst. Against his own expectations he passed and was advised to work and travel a bit before taking up his place. He hit on an idea to motorbike around the Africa on his Honda CRF 250, all paid for by his work during Covid.
Tom set off from home in early September 2021, determined to start his journey before he turned 20. He travelled through more than two dozen countries, all on his own (though met some great friends for parts of the journey). He relished the experience, and the stories he collected would have made an amazing book! He camped at the side of the road in nearly every country. He was shot at by an overzealous police officer in Cameroon, crossed rivers with his bike balanced precariously in wooden canoes, was arrested in Angola for spurious immigration offences, escaped a presidential coup by minutes in Guinea Bissau, talked his way through borders otherwise closed by covid restrictions.
On his way through Africa he very often found himself being adopted by total strangers, simply by his nature of being open to new experiences, saying “yes” much more often than saying “no”. Whether being taken in by an octogenarian French expat lady in Sierra Leone who, after living in Wakefield for two years in the 1960s still spoke English with a Yorkshire accent, or falling in with a group of plantation managers along the west coast of Africa who all wanted to meet this mad Englishman on his journey south through their different countries, to a French family in Guinea Bissau with whom meant to stay for a couple of nights, and ended up staying a month partly because their young daughters refused to let him leave until they’d had their birthday with him.
To fund the next part of his trip, he got a job driving tractors on a farm in DRC that was aiming to relieve some of the dependence on imports that citizens there have. This was a dream job for Tom - he loved the idea of working hard to help others. He was wrapping up his contract and planning to ride down to Cape Town for Christmas to meet up with Jaz and her family. Unfortunately he had contracted an infectious disease there which went undiagnosed until it was too late. Tom passed away on 2nd December 2022. He is missed every single day by all who loved him.
Tom's younger brother, and a regular partner in crime! Angus is studying Aerospace Engineering at Bath University
Jaz and Tom were together for years and were devoted to one another. Jaz is studying Natural Sciences at Durham University
Alex was Tom's best friend, and they'd known each other since they were 4 years old. Alex is studying PPE at Leeds University
Tom was an incredible son, and gave us 21 years of joy. We hope we can create a legacy for him through this.
Chris Grint is a friend of Angus's for years through school and rugby. He has improbably roped in his brother and sister to compete in the Hackney Half Marathon on 19th May.
You can learn more about it and sponsor them here
Tommy Davies and his family have been friends of Tom's family since he went to primary school. Ed Watson was a teammate of Tom's at rugby. They and Ed's brother James are cycling the length of Norway in August to raise money for the trust.
You can learn more about it and sponsor them here
As if the marathon is not enough, Angus is joining forces with Tom's friend Curtis (who did the Ironman Swansea 70.3 for us in July 2023) to compete in what has been voted The Most Beautiful Race In The World. 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling finished off with a marathon in the Swiss Alps.
More details will be available soon!
Debs & Geoff are planning to cycle the full length of Britain from John O'Groats to Lands End in June 2024.
More details soon!
Tasha's family have been friends of Tom's family for many years. She has offered to run a half marathon (date TBD!) to raise money for the trust.
More details soon!
If you'd like to get involved and raise money in Tom's memory please get in touch. We'll help with setting up your fundraising page and help with ideas
ChildHope - long term education and support for children in Ghana
Starfish Greathearts Foundation - early childhood development and survival in South Africa
Acorns - helping children recover from domestic abuse in North Tyneside & Northumberland
Chess in Schools & Communities - teaching chess in schools in Merseyside
Downside Fisher Youth Club - providing children in Bermondsey the chance to train as lifeguards
The Butterfly Tree - mosquito nets for schoolchildren and teachers in the Kazungula district in Zambia
Future 4 All - improve incomes of AIDS-affected families in rural Malawi and provide education for children
Quest for Learning - providing numeracy tuition for children falling behind at school in Oxfordshire
Miracles is seeking to stabilise and expand their crisis support for London's most vulnerable families
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