Change 100

Why I Support Change 100

Change 100 has already caught the imagination of philanthropists and members of the Stowe community around the world, and we are profoundly grateful to them all. Below, a small number of them talk about why they were inspired to support our cause.

We would be delighted to hear from you too if you have seen a way to support Change 100 and would be willing to tell your story. Please contact Arron Quainton, Development Manager.

"Without Stowe, my father's life would have been very different"

Jamie Niven (Benefactor and son of David Niven, Grafton 28)

The one brief foray my father made into a truly decent education was when he was at Stowe. Those years at Stowe were the only part of his educational life that he would reflect entirely positively about – and without Stowe, his life would have been very different.

I am so excited to be supporting Stowe in the way I am doing and I’m excited by your vision for Change 100: the David Niven Fund will give opportunity to kids who deserve it and need it - and that means a huge amount to me. It would do to my father too.

"Whenever I come to Stowe, I am inspired by its teaching, ethos and beauty"

Catriona Lloyd (Governor)

Change 100 is such an exciting and fitting celebration of Stowe’s centenary year and I am delighted to be supporting it.

As a governor of Stowe, I am a passionate believer in the power of education to enhance and transform our lives. While well educated at my local state school, whenever I come to Stowe – whether as a child or now - I am inspired by its teaching, ethos and beauty. Change 100 aims to provide the opportunity to children of any background to be so inspired and to experience the transforming benefits of a Stoic education.

It is a legacy to mark Stowe’s centenary of which I am sure J.F., my great uncle, would be proud.

"I wanted to be part of this transformational programme and do what I could to help"

Hertford King (Chandos 84), Current Parent

I think that Change 100 will have a bigger positive impact on the experience and lives of all the students who are lucky enough to go to Stowe than any of the tremendous development projects over the past 20 years.

I wanted to be part of this transformational programme and do what I could to help deserving children, regardless of their financial circumstances, share in that experience.

This is not just for the obvious benefits that it would bring those being supported and our wider society in the future but also because of the positive energy and diverse thinking that the Change 100 will bring to my children and the entire student community who have the privilege of being educated at Stowe.

"Providing more bursary places at Stowe is something that I believe is hugely important"

Cecily Chappel (Lyttelton 00)

Providing more bursary places at Stowe is something that I believe is hugely important, both to ensure that Stowe is the best it can be, but also to provide children with talent, but limited opportunities, a chance to achieve their full potential.

Now is not a time in my life when I can give large charitable gifts, but I can give relatively modest amounts regularly.  I know that my donation – with Gift Aid - will build up over time and provide a lifeline for deserving children.

I am proud to be a part of this important Stoic ambition and I am excited at what we can achieve with Change 100.

"I know that my donations will have a real impact on improving the lives of talented children"

William Wynn (Grenville 94)

I set up a monthly direct debit which gives a manageable amount to the Stowe Bursary Fund. With Gift Aid and time, I know that my donations will have a real impact on improving the lives of talented children.

I benefited hugely from my time at Stowe and as a result it gives me great pleasure that I can help deserving children benefit from the same opportunity.

"Georgie and I would like to help talented boys and girls from whatever background"

Sir Christopher (Bruce 58) and Lady Wates

At Stowe I entered an exciting academic environment, made good friends and have been part of the Stoics community ever since.

Georgie and I would like to help talented boys and girls from whatever background, who may otherwise not have the chance to enter Stowe.