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About

Carl holding his camera

We are a fundraising charity in memory of Carl Lewis

Following Carl’s death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 34, Carl’s family and friends set out to honour his memory and to create a legacy in his name.

The charity organises numerous fundraising events including coffee mornings, afternoon teas, party nights and sponsored events.

Carl’s passion was the great outdoors, and he enjoyed walking, climbing, caving and birdwatching, always taking stunning photographs at every opportunity.

Our first fund-raising project was to raise money to build a bird-hide at a local nature reserve in Carl’s memory. We are keen to continue our fundraising and will raise money for cancer support, to fund both charities and individuals.  In addition, we will also look to raise funds for other projects that involve the conservation and protection of places of natural beauty and wildlife and its habitats.

Meet our trustees

Jane Ibbett

Jane Ibbett

I am so thrilled to be the chair of trustees and co-founder of the Foundation.  When Carl’s Mum, Angie, and I first discussed the possibility of setting up a charity in Carl’s memory, I knew that this was something I wanted to be involved in.  I have a background in finance and governance, so I am well suited to the business side of the charity. 

We have all been affected by, or know someone who has been affected by cancer, and it is awesome to be able to raise funds to help others who are dealing with this awful disease.  In addition, we get to honour Carl’s memory by raising funds to maintain, conserve and protect places of natural beauty, and wildlife and its habitats, something that Carl was passionate about.

Thank you for all your support, we are looking forward to growing this charity and making a difference to people’s lives.

Paul and Angie Archer

Angie & Paul Archer

We are Carl’s parents and are proud to be co-founders and trustees of the Foundation.  Carl was an amazing person – a talented, professional musician, a gifted photographer, and a caring, considerate and loyal son. It is important to us that something positive should come out of Carl’s premature death, and he would be very proud to know of the fund raising being carried out in his name.

Angie brings over thirty years administration experience in the charity sector to the foundation and Paul’s practical skills have already been put to good use in mounting a large number of Carl’s photographs to sell in aid of the foundation.

Carl always entered into everything he did with enthusiasm, dedication and hard work, and that is what we want to bring to the foundation. We have been overwhelmed by the support that we have received so far, and we look forward to raising lots of money to help others.

Chris Eastaff

Chris Eastaff

I feel very proud to be a trustee of The Carl Lewis Foundation. I have run my own tree surgery business for 14 years. I am looking forward to using my experiences in business to help the Foundation grow and I am very excited to think how many people we will be able to help over the coming years.

Carl was a very close friend of mine and to have lost him so quickly and at such a young age from cancer has highlighted the fact that life is short and very precious. Having also lost my Dad early to cancer I am only too aware of how it can affect people’s lives. I feel very privileged to be working with the Foundation to help people affected by cancer and to go some way to easing the pain and suffering that come from such a cruel illness.

Carl and I share the same passion for nature so being able to also support wildlife projects that would be close to Carl’s heart means a lot. Thank you for supporting the Carl Lewis Foundation, by doing so, you are helping us to help others.