School adopts charity in honour of former pupil killed in paragliding accident

The School is adopting Guy’s Trust as one of its charities for this year. The Trust has been set up by the family of Guy Joseph (OE 1997-2002) who was killed in a paragliding accident in the Pyrenees on 14 October 2011, aged 25. The School’s announcement has been timed to coincide both with the first anniversary of the accident and with Guy’s birthday, 4 October.

Guy graduated from Newcastle University with a first-class degree in Marine Biology. He spent two years as a scuba-diving instructor, first in East Timor and then on the remote Indonesian island of Flores. He then travelled to Nepal, spending the winter there and learning to paraglide.

Guy was intelligent, warm, compassionate and non-judgmental and despite his youth and legendary sense of fun and zest for life, had a reputation as a responsible and gifted teacher. He also had a talent for developing friendships with anyone, whatever their background, nationality or age. His family has established the Trust to support the causes that he was particularly passionate about – children and marine conservation.

The Trust supports disadvantaged children in Nepal through the provision of pre-school education and is funding internships at MantaWatch – a conservation organisation that Guy helped to establish, dedicated to protecting the endangered manta ray. “We want to honour Guy’s memory by supporting the projects that were close to his heart” said his mother Vicky.

""“The School supports a number of charities each year,” said Headmaster Neil Enright. “We were greatly saddened to hear of Guy’s death; his adventurous spirit and commitment to the causes he espoused were very much in keeping with the ethos of the School.”

On the anniversary of Guy’s death, the Trust is hoping to spread the word about Guy’s Trust and to increase traffic to its Facebook page through which donations can also be made. “If we can reach 5,000 ‘likes’ this will greatly increase the opportunity for corporate sponsorship,” said Mrs. Joseph.

The Guy’s Trust website may be reached through the Facebook page, or at Guy’s Trust is also on Twitter: @GuysTrust