Remembering Kit Mallinson

Kit’s Fund was set up by his family, Guy, Boo, Jasper and Ben Mallinson in December 2016. Their hope is that it will enable young people from low income families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to follow in Kit’s footsteps and have the empowering experience of volunteering on a Raleigh International Expedition, working alongside remote local communities and helping create positive change in our world. All donations to Kit’s Fund support Raleigh’s Bursary Programme.

About Kit

Kit Mallinson died tragically whilst on his gap year in Cambodia on 13th December 2016. Prior to travelling in Cambodia, Kit had spent 7 weeks as a volunteer with Raleigh International in Malaysian Borneo, where he completed a 17-day jungle trek and then helped lay pipework in the rainforest to get clean water to the remote community of Kalampun. Kit had an incredible time on Expedition. He found the experience hugely rewarding and he was positive, upbeat and happy. He made many new friends whilst volunteering with Raleigh and was described as ‘a beautiful human being who had an immeasurable positive effect on everyone he met’.

Raleigh International and the Bursary Programme

Established in 1984, Raleigh International works through, with, and for youth to inspire and create positive change around the world. Our Expedition volunteers help empower local communities by improving people’s access to safe water and sanitation (WASH), building stronger communities and protecting the world’s resources. We believe young people are one of the most important resources the world has. They are full of creativity, innovation and determination and they can be powerful catalysts for change.

Through our Bursary scheme, we offer financial assistance to young people from low income households who have a desire to volunteer and make a positive contribution. The generous donations in memory of Kit make the opportunity of taking part in a Raleigh Expedition accessible to a more diverse group of young people, giving them the chance to gain skills and experiences, and to grow in confidence, while volunteering in a structured 10-week development programme.

In 2018, the cost to support one young person with a Bursary is £4,270. This includes the costs of participating on the 10-week Expedition programme in-country alongside pre-departure support costs including training, flights, visas and vaccinations. Every penny raised in memory of Kit will help cover these costs for young people who may not otherwise have the chance to volunteer.

Total fundraised (as of April 2019): £46,592.24
Including Gift Aid totalling approx. £7,180

Beth’s story

“If you want change to happen, you’ve got to get stuck in.”

The eighth young person funded by donations in memory of Kit has successfully completed an Expedition through Raleigh’s Bursary Programme. Beth volunteered in Nepal in Autumn 2018; her experience has giving her the confidence to tackle bigger issues to continue creating inspiring change. Since going on Expedition Beth is now planning to go to University to study Environmental Geography, something that was amplified during her Raleigh experience and will help her to thrive in future as a global citizen.

Total number of volunteers
Thanks to supporters of Kit’s Fund, 8 young people to date have been able to take part in a Raleigh Expedition.

In 2019, Raleigh aims to send 5 young people away on Expedition through Kit’s Fund. Find out how you can support this below.

Give in memory of Kit

Kit Mallinson with friends There’s plenty of ways you can contribute towards Kit’s Fund:

If you would prefer to donate by post, please send a cheque, payable to ‘Raleigh International’, Third Floor, Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF. Please include a note to let us know that you are donating to Kit Mallinson’s Bursary Fund.

A special thank you

Kit Mallinson with the other members of his volunteering grop

  • Leo Crump, Geoff Wade and Paul Heyes are challenging themselves to the London South Tough Mudder in September.Visit Just Giving to donate.
  • Heather Carroll and Lorna Brown who are walking the West Highland Way in honour of Kit.Visit Just Giving to donate.
  • Kit’s grandfather Miles Mallinson, who upon his passing in May 2019 requested all donations be made to Kit’s Fund in honour of his grandson.
  • Edward Dodson, for choosing that donations made in memory of your father and Kit’s Great-Uncle, the late Mr Christopher Dodson, be donated to Raleigh Bursaries.
  • Emma and Rupert Dodson, Kit’s cousins, for fundraising for Raleigh Bursaries through the Brighton and Paris Marathons in memory of Kit.
  • Sarah Sclater, Caroline Barnes, Miranda Berrow and Laura Pentreath for organising a fundraising art raffle and kindly donating pieces of their beautiful work.

Contact Raleigh

Jess Midddleton, Alumni Officer,,

+44 (0)20 7183 1270

Photos of Kit