It is with sadness that I must acknowledge the death of one of our directors, Tony Robinson. He last drifted away peacefully and painlessly on Friday 13th April 2012.
Tony was a founding member of the newly-created Board of the Nepal Trust in 2006 and became Finance Director in the same year, a post he held until 2010.
For many years and as an active member of Rotary, Tony was an enthusiastic supporter of the Nepal Trust. He first visited Nepal in 2006 when he participated with a team of Rotary volunteers in a trek to the upper Karnali and Limi valleys to assist with construction of a new micro-hydro energy facility at Halji. The group braved steep mountain passes and high altitudes on the grueling journey to Halji, an eight-day trek of 125 km which took them to an altitude of 16,500 feet. Laden down with packs and sleeping under canvas, Tony’s team spent six days working on the installation before trekking for a further seven days on the return journey.
The trek to Halji was a great example of Tony’s contribution both in the UK and in Nepal itself, and which served only to increase his enthusiasm for our work in Nepal. Not only was Tony extremely generous with his time, energy and passion, he also successfully raised substantial sums of money in support of the Nepal Trust’s health care and renewable energy programmes over his many years with us.
Tony was also a founding member and former president of the Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins and the Chairman of the Cotswold Canal Trust.
Tony’s enthusiasm and commitment was first class and he was a pleasure to work with. His early death is a real loss to the Trust and his wisdom and generous contribution will be greatly missed.
Karin, his wife, and the rest of his family have appreciated our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Chairman The Nepal Trust
Service of Thanksgiving
A Service of Thanksgiving in celebration of Tony’s life was held on Thursday 19th April at the St. James Centre Gerrards Cross at which the family ‘requested no flowers’ but ‘donations please’ to the charities which he cared for.
A just giving web site has been opened in memory of Tony http://www.justgiving.com/Tonyleakerobinson