The Bambisanani Partnership gains Charitable Status

Founded nine years ago by David Geldart the Bambisanani Partnership has gained charitable status from the Charities Commission. 

The partnership has gained international acclaim for its work in one of South Africa most deprived areas using sport to promote education, health, leadership and global citizenship.

Photo: Working together, learning together at Mnyakanya High School, June 2015

Photo: Working together, learning together at Mnyakanya High School, June 2015


“Quite rightly it is a long and rigorous process to become a registered charity but our new status will enable us to have an even greater impact in the future and ensure our long term sustainability. Our proven track record and ambitious plans for the future were important factors in us gaining charitable status; special thanks must go to all those that have been involved in the partnership over the past nine years. This is a really exciting time and all of us involved cannot wait to get started on developing our work further both here in the UK and in South Africa. I would like to take this opportunity thank Kevin Emsley, Duncan Milwain and Jack Irwin at Solicitors, Lupton Fawcett Denison Till in Leeds for not only their long term support of the partnership but specifically for helping us with the legal aspect of becoming a charity.”
— David Geldart, clearly delighted with the news

“I am delighted that The Bambisanani Partnership has become a registered charity. This is further recognition for the hard work and commitment of all the staff and students who have been involved in the partnership, both at St. Mary’s and also Mnyakanya High School.

We see this as the beginning of a new chapter for the partnership and this is a further demonstration of our commitment to Global learning, bringing together young people from different countries, promoting education, health, global citizenship and leadership.”
— Darren Beardsley, Headteacher, St. Mary's Menston

There was also national praise also for the achievement:

“It is wonderful news that the Bambisanani Partnership has become a registered charity. For the past nine years staff and students at St. Mary’s and Mnyakanya have worked tirelessly to create an amazing partnership that has used the power of sport to promote wider educational goals in a genuine international collaboration. Becoming a charity demonstrates the commitment of both schools to global learning which will now lead to further opportunities to involve more schools and young people in both countries in this inspirational work.”
— Baroness Sue Campbell CBE Chair, Youth Sport Trust

“I am delighted that The Bambisanani Partnership has become a registered charity. This is further recognition for the hard work and commitment of all the staff and students who have been involved in the partnership, both at St. Mary’s and also Mnyakanya High School. We have been honoured to work with the Bambisanani Partnership over the past five years, helping shine the spotlight on over one hundred incredible young people who have selflessly dedicated their time to improving the lives of others in one of South Africa’s poorest rural communities. We are delighted that the Partnership have been granted charitable status and we look forward to celebrating many more young people, who continue in the footsteps of Diana, Princess of Wales.”
— Tessy Ojo, CEO of the Diana Award



 

The Founding Trustees of the partnership are:

  • Mrs Katie Campbell
  • Mr Darren Beardsley
  • Mr Duncan Baines
  • Mr David Geldart
  • Mrs Diane Maguire
  • Mrs Barbara Pounder

Additionally the school has recently appointed Mrs Catherine Chattoe to coordinate the work of the partnership.