Sam Thorpe lived in Penrith and was a pupil in Year 8 at Ullswater Community College. He died in June 1997 of a brain haemorrhage when he was 13 years old.
Sam was a fun-loving young man with a natural spirit of adventure. He loved sports and being outside and was always looking for a new skill to master or a new team to be part of.
He was an active part of the school and local community and could often be found playing golf, cricket or football in and around Penrith with his friends.
Sam’s parents Kay and Tim Thorpe set up this Trust Fund after his death in fond and loving memory of him and everything he loved. The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees including his sister Jess.
The purpose of the Fund is to enable young people to take part in educational or extra curricular activities such as courses, meetings, workshops, trips or residencies. It hopes to support experiences designed to help young people further their learning, inspire their thinking and broaden their horizons. In this way the Fund seeks to support ordinary young people to do extraordinary things.
The Sam Thorpe Trust Fund awards small grants to young people from Penrith and the surrounding area (within a 10 mile radius) that are under the age of 18.