Family Open a New Fund in Memory of Kind Hearted Daughter

Sarah Beckett tragically died at the age of 18 on 22 August 1985 in the Manchester Air Disaster. It was the first time she was to have flown by herself.

She was the dearly loved daughter of Linda and William and sister of Marcus, Richard and Clare, to whom she gave so much love and happiness. Her humour and mischievousness was renowned amongst family and friends alike, but above all everyone who knew her felt joy in her presence and touched by her loving warmth.

Sarah had a natural talent for sport, particularly tennis, and represented her school in swimming and hockey. She loved dancing and music possessing a great ear for playing the piano. Sarah also loved animals and was a voluntary worker for the PDSA until she died.

With the support of SYCF, Sarah’s family have set up a new fund in tribute to her generous and caring nature, named The Sarah Beckett Fund.

The Beckett family set up the fund by taking part in our Philanthropy Catalyst Match Challenge, available thanks to the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation. The catalyst provided a £1 for £1 match on charitable donations.

The new fund will provide opportunities for local people to achieve their potential and pursue their talents, which Sarah would have appreciated.

Sarah’s father, William Beckett spoke of her many talents and interests:

“Her artistic ability moved from abstract design to a more sensitive appreciation of light, form and atmosphere inspired by the impressionist. It was through her love of art that she submitted a poster entry for the then Labour party’s rallying cry of encouraging young people to find work. ‘Get On Your Bike’ was her creation and recognised as one to use for their campaign. It proved to be extremely poignant therefore, when on learning of Sarah’s death, Neil Kinnock, the then leader of the Labour Party, wrote a personal letter to the parents.

“The irony of her loss was that she was planning to go to Art College on her return from overseas.

“Alongside all her activities she expressed a great social conscience for those in need. Therefore, Sarah would certainly have endorsed this endowment which will provide opportunities for the less fortunate and enable them to discover and pursue a talent in leisure or vocation towards a future she was denied.”