Let Them Shine exists to alleviate child poverty through education, care and play, provided in a safe and supportive environment.
The charity 'Let Them Shine' was formed following the successful completion of the first initiative to buy a minibus for a school in northern Tanzania.
The trust was formally registered with the Charity Commission in May 2011 and then with HMRC soon after to ensure we can benefit from Gift Aid.
Mr Mashoya Natai, our Principle in Tanzania, fully understands the need for financial propriety and keeps meticulous records of expenditure. Funds are managed through dedicated bank accounts both in the UK and in Tanzania.
The trustees are Anthony Summersell, Helen Bostock, Thomas Summersell, Jane Henshaw and Steven Ehrlich.
Anthony Summersell first went to Tanzania in 2001, this sparking his continued interest in the country since.
Prior to his interest in Let Them Shine Anthony was a trustee of the Windmill Hill Windmill Trust for 13 years. He, and his fellow trustees, were responsible for the restoration of the Grade 2* windmill; securing in excess of £750,000 of funding.
Anthony has been involved with Let Them Shine from the start and continues to take a very active role in all aspects of the charity including the day to day management.
Anthony usually makes two visits to Tanzania a year, personally paying for travel, subsistence etc, to help manage the the operation 'on the ground'.
Helen Bostock has over 25 years experience working in global financial services and is now a director of Alter Domus, based in Luxembourg.
Helen has been a trustee of Let Them Shine since 2010, and completed a number of fundraising activities on behalf of the centre including a sky dive in 2012. She visited Lukani with her husband and daughter in 2013 and is looking forward to returning.
Tom was invited to become a trustee in early 2021 having visited Tanzania a few years ago.
Jane has over 30 years experience in the UK property industry and is now Director of Projects, based in Chelsea, London, for a family owned property company responsible for delivering mixed use construction projects.
Jane has recently become a trustee and is looking forward to visiting Lukani in 2024 with her husband Paddy. Jane has raised money for the centre, mainly through sponsored events, including cycling from London to Paris.
While not a trustee Mark has played a pivotal role in the decision making and running of the charity.