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    Weʼve raised £1,860 to the memory of Keith Andrew Smith MBE

    Whitgift School
    Funded on Monday, 16th August 2021

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    Donations in memory of Keith Andrew Smith MBE will be passed on to The Whitgift Benevolent Society in his name.

    Keith taught at Whitgift School since 1985. Over the course of 35 years, he held a number of posts including; head of fencing, housemaster, head of History and Politics and the head of the Combined Cadet Force, a role he excelled in and was rewarded with an MBE. Keith was a keen schoolboy fencer and it seemed natural for him to move into refereeing and administration of the sport in later years. He became an acclaimed member of the FIE and refereed Olympic finals as well as becoming a valued member on a number of their committees. From 2000 to 2012 he was President of British Fencing, an arduous and voluntary role, up until the London Olympics, when the position required full time commitment.

    Keith lived his life assisting and mentoring others. He did so with unrelenting energy and without bring attention to himself and was a success in everything he put his mind to. Keith was dedicated above anything else, to the 5,000+ children who passed through his classroom and was a Trustee of The Whitgiftian Benevolent Society. Karina has decided that all funds given in his name will support the Society in a continuation of his commitment to Whitgift, his pupils and his teaching career.

    Keith's funeral will be private but Whitgift School will be hosting a memorial service for Keith later in the year and his funeral will be live streamed on Tuesday 4th May at 1.30pm



    • Jonathan Hoskyns2 years ago
      Jonathan Hoskyns

      Jonathan Hoskyns

      2 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Obviously, Just Giving underestimated the respect Keith was held in by his students, friends and colleagues, The target set is only a target and was passed within 48hrs. Like the respect being shown for Keith, there is no limit to donations and it will remain open for gifts in memory of Keith until after his memorial service later in the year.

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    • Jonathan Hoskyns2 years ago
      Jonathan Hoskyns

      Jonathan Hoskyns

      2 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Thank you to everyone who donated for Keith. In just the first 24 hours we are at 70% of the target. As a result, this memorial page will be kept open until after Keith's memorial service, which has yet to have a firm date set. Jonathan

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    • Anonymous


      May 22, 2021

    • Andrew Hunt

      Andrew Hunt

      May 12, 2021

      For Keith, whose kindness, wisdom and sense of fun enriched the life of all the pupils and staff at Whitgift, and who I miss enormously.

    • Katherine Handley

      Katherine Handley

      May 10, 2021

    • Anonymous


      May 10, 2021

    • Jussi


      May 7, 2021

      An inspiration who will be missed my many.


    • Andy Seal

      Andy Seal

      May 5, 2021

      Keith inspired me in so many ways over the years, providing opportunities and experiences that will be remembered for ever. He was a teacher, colleague and friend to me for 25 years, truly missed.


    • Ian Williams

      Ian Williams

      May 4, 2021

      I will always remember Keith for his endless quantities of energy, kindness and "can do spirit" towards all that he came in contact with. A wonderful man who will be sorely missed. RIP Keith.


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    Jonathan Hoskyns

    Jonathan Hoskyns

    Whitgift School

    Hello, I'm Keith's brother in law and because Covid restrictions will limit the chance for the many people that might want to attend Keith's funeral, Karina has asked me to set up a Just Giving page for those that might want to make a donation to a Charity close to Keith's heart.

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