The main thing you need to know about the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust is that the work of this charity is carried out on behalf of, and in the memory of, Samantha Sykes who tragically died, at 18 years old, with her friend Kimberley Frank who was “looked after” by the local authority. Sami was murdered because of the support she selflessly gave to two sisters, who were in need of love, protection and guidance and who would have benefited from the work of this charity. Our promise to Sami is:
The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust’s mission is to support victims and those at high risk of child sexual exploitation, up to and including the age of 25, to access therapeutic interventions such as (but not confined to) counselling or therapy, to help them re-build their often broken lives. Additionally, we also support looked-after children in the care system and care leavers, up to and including the age of 25, to access further and higher education. This can be through the provision of books, laptops, travel passes, equipment or any other items we feel would help that child or young person to achieve their full potential.
With the help of local communities and working in partnership with businesses, not-for-profit organisations, educational establishments and other statutory services, we make a difference to the lives of children and young people.