How we help

Atlas Asia was set up to continue the work of The Nicholson Memorial Fund. The Nicholson Memorial Fund was 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. Anita was a hugely popular member of the Atlas Foundation family. She set up and ran our first ever fundraising dinner 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. We remain eternally grateful to her and are all devastated to have lost her.

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. He has been working with Atlas to create a fitting memorial to all three, with Atlas contributing £20,000 to open the fund, but the cause has touched the heart of so many across the globe that it has received more support than we could have ever anticipated. The Atlas message and the Memorial Fund’s name has been spread far and wide and really embraced by the wider rugby community as well as the local Singapore community.

See how we helped fundraise for our projects across Asia in 2023 in our Annual newsletter – Anita, Alex & Annabel Nicholson Memorial Fund Newsletter 2023 | The Atlas Foundation (

Our Work

Atlas Asia and the Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson Memorial Fund support many of Atlas’s projects in Asia as well as developing partnerships and funds of their own.

Click photo’s below to learn more about each one. A Period Poverty programme is also being developed, with more details to be announced soon!

Khelo Rugby, India

Kampuchea Balopp, Cambodia

Education Pilot

Mixed Ability Rugby

Mixed Ability Rugby

How you can help Atlas Asia

To give directly to our projects across Asia and make a difference in the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children, donate to The Nicholson Memorial Fund.


Contact Atlas Asia

If you would like to get involved with the work Atlas Asia does, or find out about the events they are holding, please contact Rosie Chong, co-ordinator for the Anita, Alex, and Annabel Nicholson Memorial Funds, at [email protected] or +65 837 10656