Sophie Grimaldi (nee Meeson)

Sophie GrimaldiSophie founded The Clabile Trust in 2002 when she was working as a volunteer teacher in South Africa. 

“Every time I receive letters from the children, I remember why I do this and the huge difference it is making to the children’s lives.  I am so proud of what The Clabile Trust has achieved and extremely grateful to everyone who has supported our work.”

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Mark Glew

Mark GlewMark was born in South Africa so it has a very special place in his heart. As soon as he heard that long-time friend, Sophie, had set up The Clabile Trust, he was keen to use his expertise as a chartered accountant to help grow the charity.  He has been integral in officially registering us with the Charity’s Commission and managing the finances.

“It is a pleasure to help the children of South Africa and by providing them with the opportunity to develop their education and acquire useful skills. It is great to hear how the children have progressed and see how support for the charity is constantly growing.”

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Katie Forshaw

Katie Forshaw"I had been aware of the charity for some time and have attended many of the fundraising events over the years. So when Sophie asked if I would like to get involved I jumped at the chance. I have worked in events for the last ten years so I feel I can make a real contribution, helping to put on fundraising activities, along with general day to day running of the charity. I feel very proud to be part of the charity and already I am seeing the impact and benefit it is having on children's lives".

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Mary Stephenson

Mary StephensonMary has been responsible for growing the Waterberg Welfare Society (WWS - www.waterbergwelfaresociety.org.za) since 2002. It is a grassroots community led NGO based in the Waterberg in South Africa dedicated to creating better lives for the community.

“I fell in love with the Waterberg Community in 2000 and within 24 months had made it my home. Never in my life have I felt so strongly called to make such a leap of faith. I feel so privileged to have had this opportunity to do something meaningful. I met Sophie when she came out to volunteer as a teacher in the Waterberg in 2002. We have both walked a long road since then and watched many of our kids benefit from the support and shelter provided by The Clabile Trust and Waterberg Welfare Society so I am thrilled to formally become a Trustee of Clabile and hope to bring my 15 years of fundraising experience to help raise further funds to help provide a sustainable platform for the youth in the Waterberg community.”

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Jodie Whittaker

Jodie WhittakerIt was during the filming of the South African film White Wedding that Jodie had an experience of Africa that stuck in her heart.

"When I arrived in South Africa I fell in love with this beautiful country but was also exposed to the great poverty and struggle of its people who have very basic living conditions and little or no access to education. Having found out about The Clabile Trust, it felt important to get involved. I see how hard they work fundraising and am reassured by the fact that, as a team of volunteers, they have minimal overheads - the donations are getting ot the people who need them.

The Clabile Trust is a passion project for the small group of people who keep it running and they are making such a huge difference to the lives of the children they support. I have found just what I was looking for in a charity and am proud to be its patron".

Did you know?

Approximately 60% of South Africa’s youth do not complete secondary school and are entering the labour market without a qualification.

Since its conception, The Clabile Trust has raised over £100,000.