Charity launched to tackle education inequalities

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David Doig with his wife Gillian. David died suddenly in January this year.  

The David Doig Foundation has been created in memory of a former industry leader

10th August 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A new charitable organisation has been launched which aims to tackle education-related inequalities.

The David Doig Foundation has been created in memory of oil and gas industry leader David Doig, who died suddenly in January.

A seed fund of over £90,000 was established by David’s family and industry supporters – and now his wife Gillian Doig is launching a fundraising drive so that the foundation can help as many people as possible.

She said: “David may have left us, but he also left behind a huge legacy and we want to honour and remember that by supporting as many people as possible to access education and build aspirations so that they can achieve their true potential. No person’s educational success should be limited by their socio-economic or geographical background. 

“David was a wonderful man, with a great sense of humour, who was passionate about helping people. He left school with no qualifications and worked his way up to the role of chief executive. He championed education and was an advocate of lifelong learning.”

The foundation has been set up in partnership with Foundation Scotland, a UK registered independent charity. Gillian is planning a host of fundraising activities, and is kickstarting events by participating in a family skydive over St Andrews on 17 September. She is also organising a golf day at St Andrew’s on 27 October and is looking for teams to get involved.

The organisation will support a diverse range of activities from confidence building around returning to education to opportunities for young people and children who are at risk or have been excluded from mainstream education.

Donations can be made through the David Doig Foundation website, where details can also be found about education initiatives and hosting fundraising events.