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Simon's Well

Simon's Well

Why we need your help

Our son Simon, died in July 2017, eight months after a cancer diagnosis, leaving his wife Katie and son Charlie, aged 5. Katie, born in Australia, having lived in the UK from age 4, had planned to take Charlie to see where she had been born. Their holiday in 2018 resulted in her moving there in Jan. 2019.

While visiting them in October that year, I was planning my 65th birthday and feeling quite sad knowing that Simon would not be there, and remembering the last birthday I spent with him.  I daydreamed as I recalled 2016. It was spent with Charlie making Thomas The Tank cakes whilst ‘daddy’ was in hospital. I couldn’t remember what gifts I received and then realised I couldn’t remember any from most birthdays – and so decided I didn’t want any more ‘things’.

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I wanted to leave something in Simon’s memory that would be lasting and of benefit to others. As soon as I got back home I started to make plans for my birthday with donations to Myra’s Wells, a registered charity set up after the death of my friend Eddie’s wife Myra. Their objective is to provide clean water for upwards of 2000 people in Burkino Faso by drilling boreholes fitted with a good quality hand pump. The donations would be for a well to be drilled in Simon’s memory. I soon raised £3.5k of my £5k target, with fund raising events planned, but then COVID19 arrived.


Myra’s Well Trustees agreed in good faith to go ahead with drilling and a well has now been drilled at Ramongho. The video clip on this link shows water coming out of the borehole, before the pump has been fitted, and flowing away along a trench that is dug for that purpose.

 https://www.myraswells.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Ramongho-2.mp4 

The borehole is 60 meters deep and the "flow rate" (the measure of sustainability) is very good - 6000 litres/hour which is nearly 9 times the minimum acceptable rate. This means that there is easily enough water to support the village and the school


Simon spent most of his working life in education and with young people and so it is significant that this well is attached to a school. I call it the JOY Well.


I would be very grateful if you would celebrate my birthday with me by making a donation to the wells by following the link below.


JOY and Wells go together, and I would like to drill a 2nd well, if funds allow, that COULD be next to a new school being built and could be called Simon’s Joy School.

Our son Simon, died in July 2017, eight months after a cancer diagnosis, leaving his wife Katie and son Charlie, aged 5.  Katie, born in Australia, having lived in the UK from age 4, had planned to take Charlie to see where she had been born.  Their holiday in 2018 resulted in her moving there in Jan. 2019.

While visiting them in October that year, I was planning my 65th birthday and feeling quite sad knowing that Simon would not be there, and remembering the last birthday I spent with him.   I daydreamed as I recalled 2016. It was spent with Charlie making Thomas The Tank cakes whilst ‘daddy’ was in hospital. I couldn’t remember what gifts I received and then realised I couldn’t remember any from most birthdays – and so decided I didn’t want any more ‘things’. 

I wanted to leave something in Simon’s memory that would be lasting and of benefit to others.  As soon as I got back home I started to make plans for my birthday with donations to Myra’s Wells, a registered charity set up after the death of my friend Eddie’s wife Myra. Their objective is to provide clean water for upwards of 2000 people in Burkino Faso by drilling boreholes fitted with a good quality hand pump. The donations would be for a well to be drilled in Simon’s memory. I soon raised £3.5k of my £5k target, with fund raising events planned, but then COVID19 arrived.

Myra’s Well Trustees agreed in good faith to go ahead with drilling and a well has now been drilled at Ramongho. The video clip shows water coming out of the borehole and flowing away along a trench that is dug for that purpose. The bore hole is 60 meters deep and the "flow rate" (the measure of sustainability) is very good - 6000 litres/hour which is nearly 9 times the minimum acceptable rate. This means that there is easily enough water to support the village and the school. 

Simon spent most of his working life in education and with young people and so it is significant that this well is attached to a school. I call it the JOY Well.

I would be very grateful if you would celebrate my birthday with me by making a donation to the wells by following the link below:

4,198.00

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Mar 17, 2021

Anonymous

From Caroline Holmes-Smith via Bournemouth Community Church


Mar 09, 2021

Bournemouth Community Church

With love from BCC

100.00

Feb 18, 2021

Anonymous

With love from Margaret

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Feb 18, 2021

Anonymous

So happy to support this amazing project

100.00
(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Feb 18, 2021

Anonymous

A great lasting legacy

100.00
(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Feb 18, 2021

Anonymous

A great way to celebrate Simon's Life providing water close to a school. He spent most of his life workuing in schools.

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Jan 30, 2021

Anonymous

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Jan 18, 2021

mary imlah


Dec 04, 2020

Anonymous

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Dec 01, 2020

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