The initial focus of the foundation will be on fundraising, so that the real work of supporting young people can commence. Please consider a one off donation, a regular commitment by standing order, or join the 300 Spartans Club! Visit the Donate page to find out more, organise your own event, or volunteer via the Get Involved page.
To find out more about the kind of things we aim to support, please visit the Projects page. Feel free to suggest something that we might want to consider, or download an application form!
We will consider urgent applications outside of this timescale, please make this clear on the application.
The James Ahern Foundation was established in September 2014, in memory of James who died tragically in a car accident in North London only a few weeks earlier. He was 22.
In the days and weeks after his death, what became clear to those close to him was the enormous impact that he had had on friends and family, even on strangers. Whatever he did, he pursued with passion: work, music, sport (mostly as a spectator!), and travel.
Enabling the pursuit of passion
As a lasting legacy of his life then, his parents decided to channel the support and energy of those close to him into a foundation with a simple aim: to support young people who are struggling to achieve their goals, whatever they might be. A particular emphasis will be on supporting young people with mental health or addiction issues. The key though is passion, because whatever James did in his short live, he was not short of this!
The James Ahern Foundation is a charitable Trust, registered number EW33802. The founding Trustees are Terry and Maria Ahern, and subsequently further trustees have been appointed to represent wider friends and family of James. The formal aims will be to award grants from funds raised: to enable the pursuit of passion.