Total raised so far

£558,699

  • Your target is £1,000,000 56% 56%

This Memorial Fund has been set up by Ben Nicholson in memory of his wife Anita and their two children Alex and Annabel who tragically lost their lives in the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday 2019.

Easter Sunday 2020 – read Ben’s interview in the Sunday Times

Anita was a hugely popular member of the Atlas Foundation family. She set up and ran our first ever fundraising dinner in Singapore in October 2018. We remain eternally grateful to her, and are all devastated to have lost her.

See how the fund is improving children’s lives across Asia in our 2023 Annual newsletter – Anita, Alex & Annabel Nicholson Memorial Fund Newsletter 2023 | The Atlas Foundation (theatlascharity.org)

Ben says that in addition to Anita’s role with Atlas, rugby has been a significant and important part of their family life, driven in particular by Alex and Annabel’s love of the game.

Ben will be working with Atlas to create a fitting memorial to all three. Here at Atlas we have added our weight to this by contributing the first £20,000.

Anita did a brilliant job for Atlas with a Halloween themed event at the Singapore Cricket Club on 31st October 2018 with Jason Leonard there to promote Atlas’s work in the Far East, raising over £20,000.

£500,000 – SG$1,000,000

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of friends, family, colleagues and strangers, on the first anniversary of the tragedy, the Memorial Fund approaches £500,000. The target has been increased to allow for additional fundraising initiatives that are coming up, and to allow for a larger body of work in Singapore and across Asia in Anita, Alex and Annabel’s names.

Next year, 2021, The British and Irish Lions will tour South Africa. Ben and the team in Singapore have already been supported by Rugby Legends from South Africa, and by Lions Legends. We hope to create some special memories around this next summer. Keep checking in here for updates.

AN ⭐️⭐️⭐️Logo and Wristbands

A stunning logo with the AN initials and three golden stars has been created to commemorate Anita, Alex and Annabel. See the amazing impact of the first Memorial Games played by International Stars and local friends from Tanglin Rugby Club and Dulwich College in November 2019


Memorial Jerseys

Thanks to Paladin Sports new “AN Collection” coaches and supporter jerseys are available for purchase with the profits being donated to the Memorial Fund.

The “AN” mark picks up the initials of Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson.

Both Alex and Annabel loved playing rugby and touch for TRC with their friends and I am truly touched that their teams will be wearing these jerseys

Click on the image to access the online store

Donations

£ 30.60
+ £7.65 Gift Aid

Happy birthday Annabel sorry this is late but I thought today would be a good day to donate as its Anita’s birthday too. We hope you have had a lovely heavenly birthdays. Ben keep up the good work. So proud of what you are doing. Love Dawn, Mat, Lily and Daisy. Xx

From: Dawn Kiely
Donated on: 15 May 2024
£ 30.60

Well done Ben from Brenda’s video night friends

From: Anonymous
Donated on: 6 May 2024
£ 50.00
From: Ben Nicholson
Donated on: 6 May 2024
£ 20.40
+ £5.10 Gift Aid

Wrist band sales

From: Brenda Nicholson
Donated on: 26 April 2024
£ 102.00

All the best Ben, we will watch the start of the race and see if can catch you.

Matt and Julie

From: Matt and Julie Hessian
Donated on: 21 April 2024
£ 20.40
+ £5.10 Gift Aid

I do keep fit with your Mum on a Tuesday and she speaks so highly of you, she’s a proud mum indeed.
Good luck with the London marathon it’s a great cause in memory of your family so tragically taken from you.
Will be watching and cheering on the day

From: Sharon Purvis
Donated on: 20 April 2024
£ 20.40
+ £5.10 Gift Aid

Have a great race Ben will be looking out for you on TV..

Margaret and Steve

From: Stephen Page
Donated on: 20 April 2024
£ 102.00

From a Dulwich family. Enjoy the run Ben and good luck.

From: Anonymous
Donated on: 19 April 2024
£ 30.60

Good luck Ben!

Will be thinking of you

From: Lisa Adam
Donated on: 18 April 2024
£ 20.40

Best of luck with the marathon this week Ben! I am sure you will smash it!

From: Louis Taylor
Donated on: 18 April 2024
£ 20.40
+ £5.10 Gift Aid

Happy Hevenly birthday Alex. We had a lovely meal with Nanny and Grandad to remember you this evening. Missing your cuddles and smile. Lily and Daisy send you a big hug. Love Aunty Dawn, Uncle Mat, Lily and Daiay. X

From: Dawn Kiely
Donated on: 15 January 2024
£ 102.00
+ £25.50 Gift Aid

Merry Christmas to Anita a very specail auntie and sister in law, Alex and Annabel our fun filled cousins and nethew and niece. We hope you are having a fun one in heaven. We all miss you and are always inspired by you all every day. Enjoying our memories. Sending you lots of love. Dawn, Mat Lily and Daisy. ??

From: Dawn Kiely
Donated on: 26 December 2023
£ 10.20
+ £2.55 Gift Aid

Happy Christmas in heaven , give great nan and auntie Glad a Christmas kiss from me xxx love to all x
Kelly

From: Kelly Taylor
Donated on: 20 December 2023
£ 51.00
From: Marissa Medjeral-Mills
Donated on: 6 September 2023
£ 30.60
+ £7.65 Gift Aid

Happy Heavenly birthday Annabel. We miss you so much. We will be having a peice of cake and remebering you today. ??

From: Dawn Kiely
Donated on: 8 May 2023
£ 40.80
+ £10.20 Gift Aid

Although this is a little late for your 18th birthday Alex we want you to know that not a day goes by when we don’t miss you and think about you, Anita & Annabel. Hoping you had a happy heavenly 18th birthday. All our love, hugs and kisses Nanny & Grandad xxx

From: Brenda Nicholson
Donated on: 17 January 2023
£ 30.60
+ £7.65 Gift Aid
From: Dawn Kiely
Donated on: 16 January 2023
£ 102.00
+ £25.50 Gift Aid

Wedding gift for Ben & Pippa sent with much love from Alan & Hazel Parrish

From: Anonymous
Donated on: 1 January 2023
£ 102.00
+ £25.50 Gift Aid

Merry heavenly Christmas Anita, Alex and Annabel. We can’t believe it’s our 4th Christmas without you. We remember you everyday and talk about our memories. Lily and Daisy are growing so fast and remind me so much of you both Alex and Annabel. This is your Christmas present money which will help others and keep your memory within your charity. Give each other a kiss and hug from us.???

From: Dawn Kiely
Donated on: 27 December 2022
£ 51.00

Lily and Daisy kiely ( Ben’s nieces) raised money at their school Christmas Fate (Corringham Primary School). They made £50 selling wrist bands, and sweet cones with homemade Xmas decoration attached ( Lily made them). They also raffled a rugby ball. Well done girls you always make me so proud. X

From: Dawn Kiely
Donated on: 27 December 2022
£ 40.80
+ £10.20 Gift Aid

Our beautiful Anita, Alex & Annabel taken from us far too early in our ?????? AN??????
Loving wishes from Brenda & Eddie

From: Brenda Nicholson
Donated on: 16 September 2022
£ 81.60
+ £20.40 Gift Aid

Forever in our hearts ?? love Alan & Hazel Parrish, Brenda & Eddie

From: Brenda Nicholson
Donated on: 11 August 2022
£ 100.00
+ £25.00 Gift Aid
From: David Thorneloe
Donated on: 12 June 2022
£ 30.60
+ £7.65 Gift Aid

Happy Hevenly birthday Annabel. We miss you so much. Thinking of all our fun times together and how you were a wonderful nice and cousin to us all. Sending big hugs. Love Aunty Dawn, Uncle Mat, Lily and Daisy. ??

From: Dawn Kiely
Donated on: 8 May 2022
£ 20.40
+ £5.10 Gift Aid

Happy Heavenly 15th birthday Annabel. Love and miss you every day from Nan & Grandad ??????

From: Brenda Nicholson
Donated on: 8 May 2022