We are proud to have many partners supporting Seb's work in India.
Belgravia Gallery is committed to raising funds for a variety of charities. The gallery regularly makes donations to the Sebastian Hunter Memorial Trust. In particular, proceeds from the sales of lithographs by Nelson Mandela raise funds along with other exhibitions held throughout the year. Most recently, Belgravia Gallery donated 20 new computers to Kings School, Kasam, and are now involved with a number of ever-increasing projects. Through our 'Goodbye to Paper' initiative for street women, we have enabled 10 women to become entrepreneurs and their children are able to gain an education. We have also donated sewing machines to tribal villagers to provide them with the opportunity to start their own business and gain independence.
The MariaMarina Foundation was established by Christopher Holder and we are now entering our third  of partnership and support. We greatly value this partnership for helping us achieve our goals to reach out to more remote tribal communities, tribal schools, and delivering quality health care.
Margaret and Stephen Brearley have been affiliated with the Sebastian Hunter Memorial Trust for a number of years now. They began by building the first ever primary school in Thattankottai in memory of their son Joshua Brearley, a friend of Seb’s. Their projects have expanded to include a Library at King’s School as well as their most recent project, The Joshua Brearley Science Block. Margaret and Stephen have put an incredible amount of time and energy into fundraising though charity concerts and private donations. Their work has become incredibly important to the Sebastian Hunter Trust.
The gracious and inspirational Sakee Sewa ladies have inspired our rural villagers in the Jawadi Hills by donating their time to teach the villagers about healthcare and hygiene. They funded sewing machines and chickens and we are very grateful for their valued partnership.
North Bridge House Nursery and Pre-Prep School have generously donated funds raised from their annual Summer Fair and Art Auction to help build a school in Thanimarathur in the Jawadi Hills. Through their support we have been able to fund a small school which now has 51 children attending, along with teachers. If your school would like to get involved please contact us.
Owen Hereford and Goldman Sachs donated funds for over the computers at the Sebastian Hunter Higher Secondary School.
Born in 1926 and the youngest of three brothers, Peter Ellis was a keen sportsman and was regarded as the driving force behind Burton Hockey Club and Burton Cricket Club which he started in the 1950’s. His aim was to support and encourage sportsmanship in young people to help them develop a range of skills but in a fun way.
His close friend Willie Welch said of him:
“Peter had a hand in everything from ground preparation, team selection, teas, sorting the transport to matches, umpires, stocking of the bar, pavilion maintenance and the supply and maintenance of all the ground equipment…Peter was interested in youth development. (He) developed the Burton schools festival for hockey and supported the youth academy all his life in many ways. Most of all he was warm hearted and a true gentleman. He was a giver in life and not a taker, there was his kindness and concern for others, and he had an ability to talk to anyone about anything. He had a sense of humour and love for life which were infectious.”
A wise businessman, his travels from Antarctica to Australia, South America, USA, the Far East, even on a nuclear submarine, made him an interesting conversationalist. He met Nelson Mandela on Robben Island and Prince Charles at St James’s Palace and was easy company with everyone old and very young. He is greatly missed by us all.
Peter’s legacy to the Sebastian Hunter Memorial Trust will ensure that a new generation of underprivileged children in a country very close to his heart would also benefit from the skills learned through sport.
Peter Ellis died in March 2011.