Family set up charity in memory of Samantha Day

John and Janet Neal are setting up a charity to support families called the Sam Day Foundation in memory of their daughter PHOTO: Tim Williams
John and Janet Neal are setting up a charity to support families called the Sam Day Foundation in memory of their daughter PHOTO: Tim Williams
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THE parents, family and close friends of Samantha Day have set up a charity in her name.

The Sam Day Foundation aims to provide quality time for families in Melton and Rutland by arranging trips and treats and will be formally launched later this month.

Sam died in tragic circumstances alongside her youngest daughter Genevieve, six, and husband Toby following an incident at their Melton home in December and her parents Janet and John Neal, of Market Overton, are determined her legacy will live on.

Speaking to the Rutland Times’ sister paper, the Melton Times, they said: “Sam was devoted to family, loved family time and days out so the aim of this charity is to arrange excursions, visits and treats for families of the areas where Sam grew up, lived and worked, some of whom never leave their town or village.

“Sam was passionate about helping children fulfil their potential and experience life so we felt that if we were going to do something in her name it had to be about children and be family orientated.

“There are children who have never been to the seaside, the zoo or a farm or even been to the cinema or a panto and there are families out there under stress or facing financial hardship.

“We hope the foundation will, in some way, carry on Sam’s work in the field of childcare and give some families some much needed quality time together.”

Mr and Mrs Neal, Sam’s sister Shirley Humphreys, brothers Richard and James and close friend Darren Smith will begin their fundraising drive by running a stall at Market Overton Feast Weekend on June 30 and July 1. Dad John will be having his head shaved in return for donations.

The Sam Day Foundation hopes readers of the Rutland Times and Melton Times and local businesses, nurseries and schools will also get involved by organising their own fundraising events or donating raffle and auction prizes.

Mr and Mrs Neal said: “Sam was born in Melton, grew up in Rutland and then worked at Early Years Nursery in Melton so this is home and she loved the area. As a child she had a good degree of freedom and we also lived in Israel for three years and holidayed abroad so she had all those experiences, too.

“We’d like to raise enough money each year to arrange three or four trips or treats for families in need so they can experience new things together.

“We want to promote the idea of children raising money for other children and longer term would like to organise an annual family fun day to be held in Melton one year and Rutland the next.

“It’s all about creating precious moments and treasured memories.”

For more information call 01572 768010 or e-mail johnlneal@btinternet.com