Grateful thanks from Eirini

Such lovely news from Eirini who has made us very proud indeed. Congratulations to her on a truly amazing achievement!

Dear Timothy and Karen Prees and all the trustees of Jemima’s Gift,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to you to let you know that this past weekend I graduated from Oxford with Distinction. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you, whole-heartedly for your generous financial support to purchase the laptop which I have used to research, study and write. Your gift has been instrumental in my studies and I truly cannot thank you enough for this help. Your words of encouragement and your belief in me and my research have meant a great deal to me, and I hope to one day be in the position to help others as you have helped me………

Allow me to thank you again, from the depths of my heart, for your help. I will continue to work to honour Jemima and her gift with my hard work and perseverance and I hope to make you all proud.

Yours sincerely,
Eirini Diamantouli


Lily and her cello in Italy

This summer Jemima’s Gift had the opportunity to support Lily, a music student at Chichester University, to study at cello school in Italy. Lily says ” I’d just like to thank you so much for helping with my recent trip to Italy. It wouldn’t have been possible without the money I received from you and it was an absolutely incredible experience playing with such fantastic cellists all week! ”

Congratulations Tristan!

We are very proud to have been able to fund Tristan piano lessons with Professor Elton over this past year and delighted that he has done so very well! Tristan studies at the Purcell School of Music for Young Musicians and clearly has a very exciting future. Jemima’s Gift wishes him every success in his musical career. Fabulous news Tristan, well done!

Sarah’s fencing kit

We are very proud to be supporting Sarah in her sporting career as a budding pentathlete. Sarah’s mum sent us a lovely email…..

“……thank you so much for Sarah’s fencing kit. It has made a huge amount of difference to her confidence in training. She will soon be able to compete in Tetrathlons, the next step in the Pentathlon journey. ”

Everyone at Jemima’s Gift wishes you every success Sarah!



Happy New Year!

Everyone at Jemima’s Gift would like to wish you a very happy start to 2017, and what better way to do that than to share our news with you!

Thank you to those of you who gave Christmas donations in memory of Jemima. These are very generous and a lovely way to remember a very special little girl at Christmas. It is lovely to know that Jemima’s Christmas gifts will be put to good use in helping children to make the most of their potential in sport, the arts and education.

We would like to introduce you to two children who have been able to achieve spectacular things with the help of Jemima’s Gift recently;

Kitty was able to travel to Germany, with her Mum, to take part in an international dance competition in November. We were thrilled to get this email from Kitty’s Mum when they returned;

Your donation to Kitty’s trip was most kind and we are so happy to let you know Kitty was in two dances for team GB, one came 6 in the world and the other, GOLD!!!
It was a gruelling but most exhilarating experience, with up to 15 hour days of dancing but one neither of us would change for the world. Here are a few photos for you.                                             From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you. Without Jemima’s kind gift, this would have never have been possible xxx

Congratulations Kitty – what an amazing achievement!!


We are also very proud to be supporting Tristan Vermeulen, a gifted young musician. Tristan is attending The Purcell School for young musicians and is funded by Jemima’s Gift to study piano under Professor Christopher Elton.


If you would like to see Tristan perform you can search his many videos on YouTube. His most recent performance on Chopin’s Waltz in B minor is Karen’s favourite. Jemima’s Gift would like to congratulate Tristan on his many awards and wishes him every success in his musical career.

Just before Christmas Jemima’s Gift was delighted to enable lots of local children to attend the village production of The Wizard of Oz. We were thrilled that this offer was taken up by many families who would otherwise have been unable to enjoy such a fabulous evening of live entertainment and we hope that the experience will have inspired some young, and maybe not so young, performers to get involved in amateur dramatics in Colerne. We are very grateful to members of CAOS (Colerne Amateur Operatic Society) for facilitating this venture.

So as you can see, exciting things are still happening as a result of one little girl and her zest for life. Our greatest wish is that Jemima’s legacy will continue to inspire children and young people to make the most of every opportunity in life. Perhaps 2017 is the year that you will learn something new? If we can help, or if you can help us, please get in touch. We wish you all a very Happy New Year!



What a fabulous day!

We had such a wonderful day yesterday at Annabel’s Festival of Creativity, a celebration of local talent and craftsmanship alongside fun times and yummy things to eat and drink.

The standard of performance and entry was so high that the judges really struggled to make their decisions but in the end they managed to award certificates and rosettes to some very deserving winners in all the categories (apart from “Class A: Eggs” as all the local hens seem to have gone on strike!).

14289922_224586734611010_630411391334918815_o.jpgWell done to Phoebe and Joshua for growing their prize-winning carrots from seed, and to their mum, Gemma, for winning the photography prize with her beautiful sunflower photo.


14316855_1190438034349989_4403475346199784993_n.jpgWe had some amazing cakes and baked goodies. Many thanks to Mrs B for her expert judging, she arrived having not had breakfast and was really feeling rather full after tasting every single entry!

She chose Rosa’s very delicious chocolate brownies, Julie’s spectacular cake and Shan’s lovely cottage loaf as winners, but the “Best in Show” prize went to Henry (age 12) for his gravity-defying Smartie cake – well done Henry!

Well done to Janis for her fairy garden, Alice for her lovely Georgian-style gown, Rachel for her crochet, Keith for his wooden trinket box, Sarah for very spectacular dahlias, Helen for her plum jam, Meryl for lovely silver spoons and paintings, Alison and Richard for literature and Alicia for her beautiful collage.

As ever, the musical performances were a real treat for us all, we had 12 hours of live music from many different genres and it was almost impossible to pick winners. However the judges awarded best solo performance to Ellen (age 10) for her piano piece, best small ensemble to “Off the Rails” for their amazing Jazz set and best large ensemble to “The Harmonics” for opening the festival with their lovely singing.

The special rosette for overall performance was awarded to Sylvan for entertaining us with his saxophone – such a special performance!

This was Annabel’s third annual event for Jemima’s Gift and once again it was a wonderful way to celebrate everything that Jemima’s Gift stands for. We were very moved by Peter’s words as he opened the festival;

“…….we are very proud to be here to remember the life of an incredible little human, and all our lives are better for having known her…….”

Thank you so much to everyone who entered a class, everyone who helped behind the scenes, everyone who donated so generously and everyone who came along to make the day so much fun. Thank you most of all to Annabel for organising the whole event and, of course, to Jemima for the inspiration.