We were all sad to hear of the recent death of Phyllis Thompson, just a year after she lost her husband, Jack. Jack and Phyllis lived and worked in Northern Malawi for many years, starting in 1970. They continued their Malawi-related work right up till the end of their lives and they were both highly valued in Malawi and Scotland. They were passionate about the need to support education in Malawi and girls’ education in particular. We are delighted to have been asked to manage the newly-launched Thompson Scholarship Fund. This fund has been set up to honour their memory and to carry on their work in a small way. It is hoped that it will raise enough money to support three girls through secondary school, starting in September 2019.
Scotland-Malawi Partnership Chair, Rev Prof Kenneth Ross, launched the Scholarship Fund at Phyllis’ memorial service on 1st August 2018. This was a moving occasion as family, friends and colleagues from across the UK paid tribute to this wonderful woman who was valued and loved by all who met her. The Mamie Martin Fund feels privileged to be able to play a small part in implementing this scholarship so that the legacy of Jack and Phyllis will support young girls in Malawi and, thereby, support the development of Malawi itself.