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Total raised so far

£294.00 +£33.50 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

11 months ago


£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

12 months ago

Chris and Andrew


May Helen's dedication, love and compassion live on

12 months ago



Helen taught us through Thare Machi, in helping others we can find true happiness

12 months ago

Bev Shannon


You have proven that one person CAN make a difference to so many

12 months ago

Andrew Shannon

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

May your work continue long into the future.

1 year ago


£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

An inspirational friend - I will miss her hugely

1 year ago


£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

1 year ago

bridget bowles

£24.00 + £6.00 Gift Aid


Education Saves Lives are raising money for Education Saves Lives

Remembering Helen Taylor Thompson

Our story

Helen Taylor Thompson, the founder of Education Saves Lives, passed away on Sunday September 6th, shortly after her 96th birthday.

Helen founded "Education Saves Lives" 20 years ago, originally as "Thare Machi Education". At the time she was in her 70s, when many people would have been thinking of slowing down. Helen, however, was a formidable and visionary lady and she was determined to do something to combat the ravages of HIV/AIDS in the developing world.

She understood that a simple lack of information was leading to many HIV and AIDS infections in vulnerable communities. She saw that the emerging technology of DVDs could be used to solve this problem, by giving people access to simple lessons for safer living in their own language. As a result of her vision, and the work of Education Saves Lives, millions of lives all over the world have been changed and even saved.

Helen's legacy will live on through Education Saves Lives, and will be added to every time someone watches one of the lessons created through her inspirational leadership and work.

At the age of 96, Helen had lived a very full life, and she was at peace about the next stage of her journey. She expressed the wish that donations in her memory should be made to Education Saves Lives, which was the passion of her later years.

We are so grateful to Helen, and for her, for all she was and did. Helen lived an amazing life and we will miss her very, very much.

Thank you for checking out our page. Making a donation is fast, easy and secure thanks to Give as you Live Donate. They'll take your donation and pass it onto Education Saves Lives.

Our updates

12 months ago

An online book of condolences has been opened on the Education Saves Lives website. You are invited to leave a special memory or message, if you would like to.

This page is in memory of

Helen Taylor Thompson

Education Saves Lives are fundraising for

Education Saves Lives

Charity number: 1080131

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