Children listening to a story; Maggie Evans Fund logo
Maggie Evans Fund

The Maggie Evans Fund was set up in memory of Maggie, who after a short but intense period of depression, took her own life aged 29. Her parents Bob and Kati and brother David use her charitable fund to help children discover interests that were Maggie’s own passions: a love of reading, stories and illustration, and the exploration of different cultures through languages and translation.

The fund is held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), which allows historic and new donations to be used for charitable purposes, and ensure they benefit from Gift Aid.

Donations to the fund can be made on Maggie’s dedicated JustGiving page.

The Evans family
Maggie's Day

Every year the family, alongside friends and supporters, celebrates Maggie’s Day at The Story Museum in Oxford. Children from local primary schools are invited to the museum for a fun workshop run by a children’s author or illustrator.

In the build-up to Maggie’s Day, The Story Museum’s learning team go into the schools to run creative workshops, using the work of the visiting author or illustrator as inspiration. The children’s work is then displayed in the Museum for Maggie’s Day.

Sophie Hiscock from The Story Museum comments: “We have been working with the Evans Family since 2011 and it has been lovely watching the project grow. Thanks to their support over 900 students from 18 schools have been able not only to visit The Story Museum and take part in our creative workshops, but also meet leading authors and illustrators face to face. The Maggie Evans Fund has enabled us to target this work at local schools that are located in areas of higher than average socio-economic deprivation, many of whose students may lack the confidence or support to access wider cultural experiences. Yet we know from experience that when students come and have a fun time at The Story Museum, they then want to come back – and bring their families.”

Read about past Maggie’s Day celebrations

Extreme Reading Adventures

The Maggie Evans Fund also supports an intensive six-week reading project for pupils from local schools who have been identified by their teachers as ‘reluctant readers’. Each week the children receive a different book and then take part in a ‘story adventure’ linked to the book. The project has been independently evaluated by Coventry University, which showed that this targeted intervention not only helps stimulate the children’s desire to read for pleasure (and therefore their literacy skills), but also boosts their well-being and confidence.

Read the full case study on Extreme Reading

Children playing on an old organ and writing intently

Donations to the fund can be made on Maggie’s dedicated JustGiving page.

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