In memory of Anna Lightfoot

Monday, December 5, 2016

6 December is Anna's birthday, but sadly she is no longer with us. As a memorial to her memory we planted this copper beech back in 1998 close to the library in Fowey where we lived, because as a countryside warden she loved working with trees. This first picture shows how small it was when we planted it, with the support of many of her friends who often put flowers there as a tribute to their memory of her.

Now it has grown wonderfully. This is how it looks now in 2016.

Here is the plaque.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

In Memory of our lovely daughter

It is now 18 years since Anna was killed, but she lives forever in our hearts as well as those of her many friends. RIP darling.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Anniversary of her death

This week marks seventeen years since the week she went missing and was found dead. One of the perpetrators of the crime is still on the run from jail, but we prefer not to think about that, and remember Anna for the life she lived, rather than the manner of her death.

Here's a picture of her as a young child. She was always full of fun, kindness and affection.

We also regularly contribute to charities in her memory, including Bat Conservation Trust. She was passionate about these odd little creatures, and studied and wrote a thesis on them while at college. Later, when working as a countryside warden she would take people out on bat walks, with special equipment to hear their 'voices'. Whenever we see one we think of Anna.

The Bat Conservation Trust supplied material to many schools in Anna's name at the time of her death, and work hard to train volunteers, share expertise and build the knowledge of how to help bats.

Here are some fun facts about bats


Saturday, December 20, 2014

World Reader - Christmas 2014

Books unlock new opportunities for education. Education unlocks the potential for a better future.

According to Veronica: “Reading is important to me in life because I would like to become a teacher.”

With her e-reader, Veronica has access to 100 books, from her school textbooks to storybooks. Further, her parents and her community can read thousands more books on their cell phones with Worldreader Mobile.

We always welcome your thoughts and questions about Worldreader. There are many more great stories we would like to share. Once more, thank you for believing the power of literacy to change the world.

Sincerely, Brian Gougherty
Senior Development Manager

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Reader - a new charity

In order to continue our work in memory of our daughter Anna, we are now contributing to a new charity set up to bring ebooks to children in: Ghana | Kenya | Malawi | Rwanda | South Africa | Tanzania | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe.

We've made a contribution for Christms 2014 and wish all these young girls a Happy Christmas and every success for 2015.

As an aid worker, and affectionate, caring girl, Anna was passionate about helping people. And, of course she loved books. Family and friends have raised considerable funds over the years for the school she was helping to build and is named after her, but we're now looking to expand our horizons to reach more children. We believe education for all is vitally important, even more so in today's world. As I writer I'm very familiar with the Kindle, so we've chosen World Reader.

What do they do?

This is what they have to say:
Creating a Literate World Literacy is transformative: it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty (UNESCO). Yet there are 740 million illiterate people in this world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO). Books are necessary for the development of these skills, and still 50% of schools in Africa have few or no books at all (SACMEQ II). Worldreader is on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.


The increasing ubiquity and diminishing costs of digital technology enable us to solve these problems in a simple and straight-forward way. Wherever possible, we build on digital platforms and mobile connectivity in the developing world to make our books available to children and families who need them the most.

We provide e-readers to schools in need through both sponsorships and sales.

We saw that cell phones were widely prevalent in developing countries so we created a mobile app which runs on feature phones and Android devices. Our publishing team works hard to optimize titles for the smallest screen sizes.

Our rapid scaling capacity is the most effective and inexpensive way to distribute books to those in limited and no-access areas. And it works: after less than 5 months in our program, children show significant improvements in fluency and comprehension.


If you wish to donate, click here ALL GIRLS NEED TO LEARN TO READ 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Never Forgotten

It is sixteen years on 24th August since we lost our lovely Anna, but not a day goes by without us remembering her. Here's a picture to celebrate her love of animals. As a child feeding a pet lamb.

And her love of horses as a young girl. This is Lady being fed.

Ever in our hearts.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Latest News

Today, the 24th August, is the 15th anniversary of Anna’s death. Never an easy time for us, so I’m pleased to announce that the work is complete. We can’t say it’s been easy working on this project. Father Dominic is a busy person and the Claretians are not the best communicators in the world. There were many frustrations, not least those connected with the water supply, and with who owned what land, building regs and so on. In the end UNICEF took over the issue of the toilets, which must be a load off everyone’s mind. We then had to think of an alternative way of spending our own donation, to which everyone has so generously given. It has been used to refurbish and restore an old classroom as the number of children attending the school has risen greatly.

Our aim has always been to continue the work that Anna started back in 1998. In all the interviews we have had to endure I have never told anyone how I feel about the loss of my lovely daughter. There are no words to describe such pain, and it doesn’t get any easier. Nevertheless, I am proud to say that our family is a close one, supporting each other through a trauma we would not wish upon our worst enemy. Helping the children at the school made us feel that something positive was coming out of this terrible tragedy.

Also, it is our belief that if children are given a good education it will help them to find a good job at the end of it. Since Anna was very sporty, we have also supplied the school with sports equipment in the past, hoping this too might help to keep them off recreational drugs. There is no doubt that the two perpetrators were high on drugs and alcohol, which may explain to a degree their terrible crime, although doesn’t in any way excuse it.

Estevan Sho paid the ultimate price when he was shot dead when firing at the police as they tried to recapture him following his escape from Hattieville prison. Allan Cal is still on the run, but he will need to continue looking over his shoulder as there is a large reward for any information that leads to his capture. We will never stop searching for him, or seeking justice for our lovely Anna.