The Ellie Kempley Scholarship

My beautiful sister Ellie died, without warning or reason, on September 16th 2022. Shock, sadness, disbelief, regret, and anger have defined the time since. Grief is all the love you want to give, but now can’t - and Mum, Dad, James, Abi and I loved Ellie beyond imagination.

We have since been searching for ways to express that love. It is therefore with great excitement that we can announce our intention to establish a scholarship in her memory at the Maria Montessori Institute (MMI)!

The Maria Montessori Institute (MMI) is a registered charity which promotes the authentic educational approach first developed by Maria Montessori. They offer a variety of courses, but when Ellie passed away, she was mid-way through an AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma.

She hugely enjoyed, and thrived in, her first year of study and was destined to be a wonderful teacher. She was incredibly passionate about children, had graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in Childhood Studies, and had worked part-time at Rigg Farm Montessori Nursery.

From 2023-4 onwards, the Ellie Kempley Scholarship intends to cover the full tuition of a student, or students, through the course that Ellie was unable to finish. It was always her dream to educate, inspire, and care for young people. By sponsoring teachers in her honour, we can do just that:

Our fundraising event for 2023 is Run For All's Yorkshire Marathon, taking place on Sunday 15th October at 9:30am. We have recruited a team of 33 friends and family, named below, to run on Ellie’s behalf. They have been training for over 10 weeks, in countries ranging from Australia to Japan, in anticipation of the event. Some are seasoned runners; some run from time-to-time; and some are complete beginners. All are extremely brave!

Our goal is to raise a minimum of £10,500. We would therefore be incredibly grateful for ANY donations - little or large - to our cause. We would also be thankful if you could please share our fundraiser on any or all of your social media platforms!

All my love and gratitude,
Ben Xx

A huge, huge thank you to our runners:

1. Adbi Hasan-Ahmed
2. Ailsa Gorman
3. Callum Sibley
4. Cathi Gentzke
5. Dom Bradburne
6. Elliot Bloodworth
7. Eric Lee
8. Kana Bak
9. Hannah Symonds
10. Henry Portman
11. Henry Scherman
12. Jed Alberts
13. Laurie O'Connor
14. Loane Le Clouërec
15. Louise Bricaud
16. Fred Winker
17. Mathieu Pierronne
18. Ross Goldsborough
19. Ryan Bowness
20. Dwight Latham
21. Lizzie Castelow
22. Andrew Castelow
23. Jack McGahan
24. Matty Davidson
25. Rory Gaydon
26. Liam Jenkinson
27. Rebecca Davies
28. Ned Fiennes
29. Harry Llewellyn
30. Francesca Zagajewski
31. Tommy Coltman
32. Julian Lake
33. Nick Pearce
34. And me!

Fundraising team (28)

Benjamin Kempley
Raised £2,505 from 54 donations
Leigh Kempley
Team member
Raised £1,025 from 10 donations
Indigo Jones
Team member
Raised £580 from 6 donations
Hannah Symonds
Team member
Raised £480 from 11 donations
Ryan Bowness
Team member
Raised £270 from 15 donations
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