Neil Desai Foundation
Registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1127399)

NEWS


KINGSTON SCHOOL’S FOOTBALL TEAM (FEB 2014)

The Neil Desai Foundation donated £500 to the Kingston School’s Football Team to purchase their football kit. The team was set up by David Dowling, a teacher at Latchmere School and a Tiffin school friend of Neil, Peter Osborne, a teacher at St Mark’s primary school.

Many thanks to the Osborne family for supporting the Neil Desai Foundation.

THE NEIL DESAI JUNIOR “SUPER SQUASH SERIES” U11s SQUASH AND U9s MINI SQUASH

 1 DAY FUN TOUNAMENTS (2013)

 The Neil Desai Foundation has teamed up with the Surrey SRA to fund a series of ‘fun’ U11 full squash and U9 mini squash tournaments in the County every year.

This will help to promote squash to younger children, The idea is to introduce younger children to competitive squash and tournaments, without the added pressure of results and ranking points. The participation and enjoyment is what it is all about. Nine different clubs in Surrey held the tournaments and the final took place in December at the New Malden Tennis Club

DELLOITE SQUASH CLUB (OCT 2013)

Many thanks to Rob Weeks who raised £220 for the Neil Desai Foundation

selling T shirts at the Delloite Squash Club

TIFFIN SCHOOL (SEPT 2013)

Many thanks to staff and pupils at  Tiffin School who raised £317 at various events  for the Neil Desai Foundation

 

HEART SCREENING DAY AT MALDEN WANDERERS CRICKET CLUB   (AUGUST 2013)

The Neil Desai Foundation funded a whole day of heart screening in memory of Neil on the 30th August 2013 at the Malden Wanderers Cricket club. The screenings were carried out by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Over 120 young people were screened.

THE DRAGON BOAT CHALLENGE (July 2013) 

Many thanks to the team from Surbiton Squash Club ( The Surbiton Racketeers) who raised £660 for the Neil Desai Foundation.

LEEDS HALF MARATHON (MAY 2013) 

Many thanks to Michael Osborne who ran the Leeds Half Marathon and raised £543 for the Neil Desai Foundation.

 

NEIL DESAI DAY ST GEORGES HILL CLUB(2012)

St Georges Hill staged a Neil Desai Day which raised funds for The Neil Desai Foundation. Urmi Desai presented awards to Surrey Juniors Alison Thompson16 and Charlie Lee 14 who are promising junior internationals. Many thanks to Danny Lee for organising the event and raising funds for the Neil Desai Foundation.

KUSHALA ABEYSEKERA AND KAYUR PATEL TOUGH GUY CHALLENGE (JANUARY 2013)

Many thanks to Kushala Abeysekera a school friend of Neil from Tiffin School and Kayur Patel who completed the tough guy challenge in aid of the Neil Desai Foundation and raised £995

Well Done  to Kushala and Kush



RISHNA’S MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMB (SEPTEMBER 2012)

Many thanks to Rishna Patel a very dear friend of Neil who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Neil’s memory and raised £1,370 for the Neil Desai Foundation.

Well Done Rishna


AFTER EIGHT GROUP (APRIL 2012)

Many thanks to all the ladies from the After Eight Group with Christ Church with St Phillips who nominated the Neil Desai Foundation as their charity for 2012 and collected £120 for the Foundation through many different fundraising projects.



LONDON MARATHON (APRIL 2012)

Many thanks to Sam Lewis a very dear school friend of Neil, who completed the London Marathon in his memory Very impressively he raised £3907.50 for CRY

Many thanks to Thissa De Silva a very dear university friend of Neil, who completed the London Marathon in his memory He managed to raise £420 for CRY

Well down to Sam and Thissa!



THE JUNIPER HILL BLUES BAND & FRIENDS (JULY 2012)

Many thanks to he Juniper Hill Blues Band & Friends which raised £520 for the Neil Desai Foundation playing at the Royal Oak, New Malden on the 6th July 2012 and Malden Wanderers on 13th July. The event was  thoroughly enjoyed by all. Particular thanks to Gilian Libretto for organising the event.

THE DRAGON BOAT CHALLENGE (SEPTEMBER 2012) 

 Many thanks also to a team from Surbiton squash club (the Suribiton Racketeers) led by Rob Elliot also competed and raised £1250 for the Neil Desai Foundation. The teams competed against 45 others and came 11th in the final results..


THE JUNIPER HILL BLUES BAND & FRIENDS (JULY 2011)

Many thanks to he Juniper Hill Blues Band & Friends featuring Izzie’ Soul Siren’ Hatton  which raised £620 for the Neil Desai Foundation playing at the Royal Oak, New Malden on Saturday 8th July 2011. The event was  well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Particular thanks to Gilian Libretto for organising the event.

THE DRAGON BOAT CHALLENGE (JULY 2011) 

 

Many thanks to Team Fight for Me who took part in the annual Kingston Dragon Boat Challenge and raised £350 for the Neil Desai Foundation.

Many thanks also to a team from Surbiton squash club (the Suribiton Racketeers) led by Rob Elliot and David Englefield also competed and raised £1000 for the Neil Desai Foundation. The teams competed against 34 others, and both narrowly missed out on winning the 6 boat final.







MOUNT KIMIMANJARO CLIMB (JULY 2011) 

 

Congratulations to Anish and Shriti Jadav who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on the 17th July 2011 in aid of the Neil Desai Foundation and raised a huge amount of £2850.  Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes ever to break at 5,895m. Thank you to Anish and Shriti for this great achievement and raising so much money.

IRONMAN UK CHALLENGE (JULY 2011) 

 

Nick Sawers and Ross Middleton took on the Ironman Challenge on the 31st July 2011 in support of the Neil Desai Foundation. Nick was Neil’s housemate at Nottingham University. The Ironman is a triathlon-3.8km swim,180kmbike ride, full marathon. The cut off is 17hours, 7am start and finish hopefully by midnight. Congratulations to Nick and Ross for taking part in such a painful, challenging and grueling event and raising  £3175 for the Neil Desai Foundation. Neil would have been so proud. Thank you to Nick and Ross for raising such a huge amount for Neil’s charity.

 



OLIVER WILDIG BECOMES A PATRON OF THE NEIL DESAI FOUNDATION (JUNE 2011)


Oliver Wildig, 22, knew Neil when he joined the squash first team at Nottingham University. He has played squash throughout the juniors from the age of 10, representing Cheshire at both junior and senior levels. At Under 19 level, Ollie came 2nd in the European British Technifibre Open and 3rd in the Austrian Junior Open. He completed his junior career with a European ranking of 17.

Ollie also has a passion for cricket. He represented and captained Cheshire as a junior and went on to play for the North of England.    

Ollie then went to Nottingham University, playing squash with Neil on a daily basis. He has since been Captain and President of the squash club, where the 1st team won the Nottingham Squash Premier League and came 2nd in the British University Competition. In 2010, Ollie won the ‘University of Nottingham Sportsman of the Year Award’ for his sporting excellence and outstanding contribution to the club.

Ollie and Oliver Morrall set up an annual memorial squash match, and an old boys/girls team match against the current students in memory of Neil.

LONDON MARATHON (APRIL 2011)


Many thanks to Jack Kelly, Jamie Littlejohn, James Price and George McBride, all school friends of  Neil, who completed the London Marathon in his memory. Very impressively they managed to raise over £7,000 for CRY, The British Heart Foundation and the Neil Desai Foundation in some equally impressive times. Well down to Jack, Jamie, James and George.




EDINBURGH HALF MARATHON (APRIL 2011)


Many thanks to Emily Davis and Christy Thatcher, friends of Neil from Nottingham University, who ran the Edinburgh half marathon in memory of Neil Desai. Emily completed the half marathon in 1 hour 55 minutes and Christy ain 2 hours 15 minutes and raised £1,500 for the Neil Desai Foundation. Well done to both Chrisy and Emily.



TIFFIN SCHOOL HEART SCREENING (MARCH 2011)


The Neil Desai Foundation sponsored 2 days of heart screening at Tiffin School in March 2011. The event was run in memory of Neil Desai, who was a student at Tiffin Boys School and died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition on his 22nd birthday.  The event was well attended and over 220 boys and teachers were screened. The event helped to increase awareness of cardiac risk in the young, and sudden cardiac death.


The testing takes 30 minutes, is painless, gives results quickly and a doctor and a team of cardiac physicians are present at all times.

Every week, 12 young people lose their lives to SCD in the UK - this is a statistic that CRY, Phillips and the Neil Desai Foundation hope to reduce. A staggering 80% of young people who die from SCD will have shown no previous signs of heart defects until it is too late. It is widely accepted that testing saves lives.


The heart screening is made possible by the charity CRY and donations to charities such as the Neil Desai Foundation.

NICE - CANNES MARATHON  (NOVEMBER 2009)

Many thanks to John Nicolaou who on the 8th November 2009 completed the Nices to Cannes marathon, a total of 26.2 miles. John raised over £750 for the Neil Desai Foundation. Congratulations to John on such an impressive achievement!


NEIL DESAI FOUNDATION LENDS ON KIVA (SEPTEMBER 2009)

The Neil Desai Foundation has become an active lender to African entrepeneurs on the microfinance site Kiva. The Foundation has placed £2,000 to be lent in chunks of $25 to businesses in the developing world. These loans are amalgamated with other lenders to fully fund loans to businesses, allowing them the finance to grow their businesses, support their local communities and lift themselves out of poverty. Loans are repaid back and collected by Kiva and it's "field partners" so that the Foundation can relend to other businesses in the developing world. This will allow the Foundation over a number of years to have a significantly greater impact over and above the £2,000 initially lent. Neil had a close affinity to these types of projects which he developed in his gap year, and the Neil Desai Foundation is proud to support these in his memory. You can follow the lending of the Neil Desai Foundation on the link below:

ADIDAS LONDON 5K RUN   (SEPTEMBER 2009)

Many thanks to Shejal Naik, Neil's cousin, and Alison Brand who raised £550 for the Neil Desai Foundation by completing the Adidas London 5k run on September 6th 2009. Congratulations to Shejal and Alison!



ROWAN BENTALL TRUST  (SEPTEMBER 2009)

Many thanks to the Rowan Bentall Trust which very kindly donated £250 to the Neil Desai Foundation.

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY LAW SOCIETY  (AUGUST 2009)

Neil was a student at Nottingham University where he studied law from 2006 to 2008. Many thanks to the Nottingham University law society which raised over £400 for the Neil Desai Foundation at their annual law ball.

LINKLATERS (AUGUST 2009)

Neil did a summer placement at Linklaters in the summer of 2008, shortly before his death. The Neil Desai Foundation would like to express it's thanks to  the Partners of Linklaters who very kindly donated £1,000  and Matthew Keats a Partner at Linklaters who personally donated £500 to the Foundation.

TIFFIN SCHOOL TREK (JULY 2009)


Many thanks to Tiffin School which raised over £6,000 for the Neil Desai Foundation through the annual Tiffin School Trek. The Trek involved all the students at Tiffin School walking around an 8 mile course in Richmond Park - a phenomenal achievement not least in terms of organisation! Congratulations to all the students and staff of Tiffin School!



THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE (II) (JULY 2009)

Many thanks to Vincent Casey, Anish Jadav, Sachin Patel, Phillip Hyett, David Lam, Dilhan Perusinghe, Luke Casey, Noor Lalani, Alan Sloan and Samir Desai who raised over £7,000 for the Neil Desai Foundation by completing the three peaks challenge in July 2009. The Three Peaks challenge involves climbing the highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike), Scotland (Ben Nevis) and Wales (Snowdon), in under 24 hours. It includes a drive of 460 miles, a total walk of 26 miles, a vertical climb of over 10,000 feet and large amounts of fatigue and sleep deprivation. Well done guys!



MALDEN FORTNIGHT (JULY 2009)


Many thanks to the Asian food stall which raised over £250 for the Neil Desai Foundation during the Malden Fortnight.



THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE (I) (JULY 2009)

Many thanks to Kush Amin, Kushala Abeysekera, Ajay Gandhi, Kushila Rupasinge, Daran Yoganathan, Jonathan Nesaraj, Andrew Wijayasinghe, Samuel Gnanaseharam, and Zeeshan Malik, who raised over £2,000 for the Neil Desai Foundation by completing the three peaks challenge in July 2009. The Three Peaks challenge involves climbing the highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike), Scotland (Ben Nevis) and Wales (Snowdon), in under 24 hours. It includes a drive of 460 miles, a total walk of 26 miles, a vertical climb of over 10,000 feet and large amounts of fatigue and sleep deprivation. Well done guys!




THE JUNIPER HILL BLUES BAND & FRIENDS (JULY 2009)


Many thanks to he Juniper Hill Blues Band & Friends which raised £925 for the Neil Desai Foundation playing at the Royal Oak, New Malden on Saturday 4th July. The event was very well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Particular thanks to Gilian Libretto for organising the event.



FREE HEART TESTS AT UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM IN MEMORY OF NEIL DESAI (JUNE 2009)


On the 2nd June 2009 the Neil Desai Foundation funded a day of heart screening for students at the University of Nottingham, as part of the CRY Phillips Test My Heart Tour 2009. The event was run in memory of Neil Desai, who was a student of law at Nottingham University and died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition on his 22nd birthday. The event in Nottingham tested 300 students and young people in Nottingham.

The CRY Phillips Test my Heart Tour '09 is the first tour of its kind in England and has been made possible by the charity CRY, the health and well beng company Phillips, and through the fundraising efforts of families whose lives have been affected by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) or Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). The tour provides free heart tests to individuals aged between 14 and 35 in a mobile testing unit. The testing takes 30 minutes, is painless, gives results quickly and a doctor and a team of cardiac physicians are present at all times.

Every week, 12 young people lose their lives to SCD in the UK - this is a statistic that CRY, Phillips and the Neil Desai Foundation hope to reduce. A staggering 80% of young people who die from SCD will have shown no previous signs of heart defects until it is too late. It is widely accepted that testing saves lives.





WAITROSE 'COMMUNITY MATTERS' (JUNE 2009)


Many thanks to Waitrose supermarket which collected £265 for the Neil Desai Foundation through its 'Community Matters' programme. Each month Waitrose branch distributes £1,000 to three local community charities, with the amount split in line with votes from customers.

CONCERT, CHRIST CHURCH COLLEGE, OXFORD (JUNE 2009)


Many thanks to Edward Parker who raised over £400 for the Neil Desai Foundation, by organising and running a concert at Christ Church College, Oxford. After a short drinks reception an audience of 80 - 100 people were welcomed to the beautiful Cathedral where a number of performers entertained the crowd. Will Varley, a school friend of Neil, started the evening in style with some of his fantastic songs. Anke Batty folowed playing the Poulenc clarinet and filled the hall with beautiful music. The evening was headlined by the local folk band Stornoway who played with subtlety and charm. The concert was a great success and all who attended had a great time. Thanks again to Edward for organising the event, and thanks also to Christ Church College, Christ Church Cathedral and the Christ Church Music Society for helping put on the event.


JAMES SLATE CHARITY GOLF DAY (JUNE 2009)

Many thanks to James Slate who raised over £400 for the Neil Desai Foundation in a charity golf day at Burhill Golf Club, Surrey in memory of Neil. James played 110 consecutive holes of golf, over 16 hours and in the process set a new world record for the number of holes completed by a left handed golfer! Congratulations to James, and thanks again for supporting the Foundation.

DONATIONS: PATEL FAMILY, CHEVRON AND OAKWOOD COMPUTING ASSOCIATES (JUNE 2009)


Many thanks to Dr Narsi Patel, Dr Sneha Patel and family for thier generous donation of £500 to the Neil Desai Foundation.

Many thanks also to Professor L. Hatton of Oakwood Computing Associates who kindly allowed a summer student working for Chevron free use of their software free of charge in exchange for Chevron making a donation of £250 to the Neil Desai Foundation. 

 

WAITROSE 'COMMUNITY MATTERS' (JUNE 2009)

Many thanks to Waitrose which collected £265 for the Neil Desai Foundation through it's Community Matters scheme. Every month each Waitrose supermarket branch collects and distributes £1,000 to three local projects.

MEMORIAL OLD BOYS SQUASH MATCH AT UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM (MAY 2009)

Many thanks to the students from the University of Nottingham Squash Club who raised £307 for the Foundation with a raffle at the Old Boys vs. Current Students squash match. The Current Students beat the Old Boys 11-5, despite the Old Boys having Peter Marshall the former World #2 in their team! It is planned that the Old Boys match will be run annually in memory of Neil, and the Neil Desai Memorial Trophy will be presented to the winner. The students from the University of Nottingham also very kindly placed a memorial plaque for Neil in the University of Nottingham Sports Centre.



TREE PLANTED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM LAW SCHOOL (MAY 2009)

A tree with memorial plaque was planted on 3 May 2009 in memory of Neil Desai, who was a student of law at Nottingham Law School. The tree planting ceremony was presided over by Professor Stephen Bailey, Head of the Law School, and was attended by Neil's family and friends at Nottingham University.

LYNX DPM DONATES  5,000 BOOKMARKS TO NEIL DESAI FOUNDATION (APRIL 2009)

Many thanks to Suru Patel and Pinakin Patel who donated 5,000 bookmarks, as well as letterheads and complement slips to the Neil Desai Foundation. These bookmarks will hopefully be sold for £1 each to help raise money for the Foundation, and increase awareness of cardiac risk in the young.

ARUN HARINATH BECOMES A PATRON OF NEIL DESAI FOUNDATION (APRIL 2009)



The Neil Desai Foundation is pleased to announce that Arun Harinath has become a patron of the Neil Desai Foundation. Arun and Neil were good friends at Tiffin Boys School and played cricket together for a number of years.

Arun has been on the professional playing staff of Surrey County Cricket Club for the past 3 years and has come through the ranks of the Surrey junior system. He has represented England at Under 15 and Under 17 levels.

Last season after an impressive record with the Loughborough University Academy, Arun was selected to play for the MCC in the Champion County game alongside current England players Owais Shah, Ravi Bopara and Adil Rashid.

2007 marked Arun's First Class Debut in which he made his maiden first class half century against Somerset, followed by another half century against Worcestershire.

Arun has yet to make his first class debut for Surrey, but has been a consistent performer in the clubs second eleven averaging 72 in 2007 and 55 in the 2008 season.



JOE LEE BECOMES A PATRON OF NEIL DESAI FOUNDATION (APRIL 2009)




The Neil Desai Foundation is pleased to announce that Joe Lee has become a patron of the Neil Desai Foundation. Joe and Neil represented Surrey at Junior and Mens levels for a number of years.

Joe Lee, 19, was ranked no. 1 at Under 19 Junior level in England for over two years, and was British Junior Champion at Under 17 and Under 19 levels. Joe was seeded in the Top 5 players in the World Juniors and was European Junior Runner Up in 2007. He has represented England with distinction in several World and European Junior Championships mostly at number 1.


He  turned professional and started playing the World circuit in September 2006, and has since risen to number 103 in The Men’s World Rankings. Joe has beaten eight World Top 100 players already and looks set to climb to the highest levels of the game. Last season Joe was a member of the Surrey Men’s Team which won The Inter County Championship. He plays for TWP St George’s Hill in The Premier Squash League and for the same club in Division 1 of The Surrey Cup.


Joe is based at St George’s Hill LTC and coached by his father, Danny Lee, a former international circuit player and Peter Genever former World top 20 player.

PRC ARCHITECTS LTD (MARCH 2009)


Many thanks to PRC Architects who raised £200 for the Neil Desai Foundation in a joint fundraising event with Red Nose Day.


TIFFIN BOYS SCHOOL (MARCH 2009)


Many thanks to all the staff and pupils at Tiffin Boys School who raised £915 on behalf of the Neil Desai Foundation for CRY, in memory of Neil. Neil attended Tiffin Boys School from 1997 to 2004.

ANN AND PAUL RAWDEN (MARCH 2009)


Many thanks to Ann and Paul Rawden who raised £585 for the Neil Desai Foundation, of which £285 was donated to CRY in Neil's memory. Paul and Neil played squash together in Surrey Juniors over a number of years.

VALENTINES DANCE (FEBRUARY 2009)


Many thanks to Surbiton Rackets and Fitness, and in particular Dave Englefield, Michael Hennings and Roy Stainland for organising a Valentines Dance to raise money for the Neil Desai Foundation. The Dance and raffle raised over £800, and all who attended had a great time!

 


TOUGH GUY (FEBRUARY 2009)


Congratulations to Jamie Littlejohns, a friend of Neil from Tiffin School, who managed to raise £700 for CRY in support of the Neil Desai Foundation by completing Tough Guy 2009.



Tough Guy 2009 a course based on army and SAS assault courses and is stated as totalling “8 country miles”, but this consists of around 50 obstacles including: A ¾ mile scramble through 2m high nettle bracken, two miles of twelve 45o hill climbs and descents, 400 yards of cargo net crawls, leech ponds, 500 yards of undergrowth crawling, 50 yards of rope climbing, tunnels, underwater tunnels, a trench maze with barbed wire, fire and bogs, a 100 yard trudge though a swamp, a plank walk into a freezing murky pond, a 41 foot cargo net climb, zip wires and a series of electrified jelly fish tentacle curtains! And all this was done at the beginning of February in freezing cold temperatures!

Well done and thanks again Jamie!

COOMBE HILL PHARMACY (DECEMBER 2008)


Many thanks to Coombe Hill Pharmacy who raised £650 for the Neil Desai Foundation.

SLAUGHTER AND MAY (DECEMBER 2008)

Neil did a summer placement at Slaughter and May in the summer of 2008, shortly before his death. The Neil Desai Foundation would like to express it's thanks to Graham White and the Partners of Slaughter and May who very kindly donated £2,000 to the Foundation.

SURBITON RACKETS AND FITNESS SQUASH TOURNAMENT (DECEMBER 2008)




Neil Desai won the Surbiton Rackets and Fitness men's singles squash tournament in 2007 after many years of trying, having been runner-up in 2005. The tournament in 2008, which was won by Neil's friend Dominic Marx, was run in Neil's memory and all proceeds from the tournament and the Surbiton Christmas Party were very kindly donated to the Neil Desai Foundation.
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