Dean Lowe and his 11-year-old son, Charlie Lowe, tragically lost their lives on 5th August 2023, after being fatally struck by a vehicle whilst walking home.
Following a communal sense of shock and deep loss, Islanders came together to mourn, pay respect and fundraise in memory of the much-loved members of our close, Island community.
Money raised has now reached an excess of £53,000 and with two fundraising events during November, Dean and Charlie’s family have announced they will be working with Jersey Community Foundation (JCF) to manage the charitable funds.
JCF are a local, grant-giving charity focused on delivering effective philanthropy based on local need. They have experience working with community fundraising initiatives, earlier this year setting up a fund in memory of Kezia, the young teen who tragically lost her life. Although the official criteria for the fund have not yet been established, The Lowe’s Legacy Fund will promote accessibility to the arts and music, support disadvantaged communities in the Island and aid development of those with learning isabilities – subjects close to Dean and Charlie’s hearts. Applications for funding will open via JCF’s website in Spring 2024.
Ashleigh, Dean’s fiancé and Charlie’s Mum, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the public support shown for Dean and Charlie. During a time of profound grief and shock, it has been such a comfort and a point of pride to see how loved my son and his father were within our community.
“To ensure the funds are properly administered to charities Dean and Charlie would have approved of, and that honours the spirit of the donations, we have chosen to work with JCF. JCF have excellent links with the charitable and not-for-profit community here in Jersey and we will work with them to establish the parameters for the Lowe’s Legacy Fund.”
Anna Terry, CEO of Jersey Community Foundation said: “We are honoured to take on the management of the Lowe’s Legacy Fund. We will work to ensure the fund encapsulates the strong spirit of both Dean and Charlie. Our local needs assessment (2022), sector specialists and experienced board members all contribute to ensure our grant giving process is robust, fair and effective. We hope that the good work done through the Lowe’s Legacy Fund will go some way to help our community heal.”
Pictured: Charlie and Dean