Tim Stockdale
The Tim Stockdale Foundation

The Tim Stockdale Foundation was set up in memory of British showjumping star Tim Stockdale, who died in November 2018 aged 54, a month after being diagnosed with cancer.

Funds raised will be used to enable greater participation in sports, with a focus on emerging young talent.

The fund is held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number 1151621) founded in 1995, with many years’ experience in enabling philanthropy and funding charitable causes. Oxfordshire Community Foundation provides a practical and valuable alternative to setting up a registered charity or charitable foundation.

Donations to the fund can be made on the dedicated Tim Stockdale Foundation JustGiving campaign. Supporters can also set up their own fundraising pages in the same place, to contribute to the Foundation. Other ways to give are listed below.

Tim’s legacy

Tim represented Team GB at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, narrowly missing out on a medal by finishing fourth in the team event. He rode for GB more than 50 times in the Nations Cup, and also competed in the World Equestrian Games in 2002 and the European Championships in 2009. He also regularly worked as a BBC equestrian pundit.

He appeared on the BBC One reality TV show Only Fools on Horses, which raised money for Sport Relief.

He broke his neck in three places in a fall in training in 2011, but recovered to compete again at the top level. This is one example of how he lived by his motto, “There’s no such word as can’t!”

When Tim passed away the family were overwhelmed with letters and cards from hundreds of people that they had never met. They told us stories of the times they had met Tim and how he had made a difference to them. How he’d inspired them or encouraged them to do something. There were suggestions of how the family should try to remember Tim with charity ideas too.

This was how the foundation idea came about, Tim loved all sport and would have loved to be able to encourage anyone to take up some form of it. So the idea is that the foundation will help young people in any sport, whether it is helping them financially to get to their coach every week or helping with the kit, the foundation will try to help in anyway they can. The important thing is it will be for any young person trying to make their way in a sport they love.

How to give

Donations to the fund can be made:

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