Courtesy of SHINE
The main objectives of Tom's Trust are:
to assist disadvantaged children and young people in the London area to achieve their potential and to lead rewarding lives by providing them with educational and vocational training opportunities which they would otherwise be unlikely to receive; and
to help to tackle and prevent the root causes of violent gang culture and violent street crime through educational programmes and other charitable means.
The current Trustees of the charity are Tom's parents, Alan Walls and Andrew Hughes, partners at Linklaters LLP, the law firm at which Tom worked, Callum McGeoch, a school friend of Tom's and Michael Firth, a former Linklakers partner.
The Patron of Tom's Trust is Professor Sir Christopher Edwards MD, FRCP, FRCPEd, FRSE, FMedSci, HonDSc. Sir Christopher has had a distinguished career in both the medical and academic worlds. Formerly Professor of Clinical Medicine and then Dean of Medicine at Edinburgh University, he was the first Principal of the Imperial College School of Medicine. He was then Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University for 6 years. He has also been a Governor of the Wellcome Trust. He is currently Chairman of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a Governor of Westminster School. His expertise in many fields will be a great asset to the Trust.
The Trustees have explored many options for promoting these goals of Tom's Trust. They have met with and been greatly assisted by many experienced individuals and organisations who are focussed on achieving goals that overlap with those of Tom's Trust and have generously provided help and advice.
The Trustees are delighted to confirm that none of the funds raised have been used to cover any form of administrative costs, with the result that every single penny of the funds will be spent on promoting the Trust's objectives.