Our New Patron- Raquel Cassidy

We are delighted to announcer that Raquel Cassidy, star of Downton Abbey, has recently become a Patron of the Charity. Raquel attended Farnborough Hill with Sean’s sisters and her father, Denis, was a trustee in the early years.

Raquel as Phyllis Baxter in Downton Abbey

Raquel as Phyllis Baxter in Downton Abbey

In accepting the role Raquel said “I wanted to let you all know how honoured and grateful I feel to have been asked to join SDCF, not only because of deeply fond and happy memories I have of Sean himself, but also because of the work you have all been doing and the difference you are making to so many children at the school in Brewerville”.

Raquel is currently on the set of the new Downton Abbey film and has also starred in Lead Balloon, Teachers and the Worst Witch amongst many others.

We hope to talk with Raquel more in a future newsletter but wish her every success in this latest role!

Thank you to all who walked, sponsored and helped!

Despite 30 degrees of heat, well over 150 people walked around Sean Devereux Park yesterday.

Thanks to all who took part, raised money and commercially-sponsored the event. Over the next few weeks we will report back on the money raised, which as of 15th July stands at in excess of £8000!

Meanwhile in Liberia similar temperatures prevailed and over 300 people had their own Walk for Sean, reminding us vividly of what we are all working for. Here you can see pictures from both Yateley and Liberia.

Brand new "The beat goes on" hoodies!

To commemorate the 25th anniversary we are delighted to offer to our supporters this stylish cotton hoody.

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The hoodies, which are unisex, are dark navy with a heather grey contrast hood and come in sizes from XS-XL. The logo is in gold on the front and features the inspirational words, "the beat goes on". (The hoody featured is a small)


The price is £20 (if you wish to purchase/collect at the Walk for Sean) or £23(incl UK pp) if you prefer to have it delivered.

To purchase for mail order, send order details (size/address) to admin@seandevereux.org.uk and pay £23 HERE; Click on Donate now and include YOUR NAME/HOODY as a reference.

To reserve to collect at the Walk for Sean, send order details (size/address) to admin@seandevereux.org.uk and pay £20 HERE; Click on Donate now and include YOUR NAME/HOODY as a reference.



After a 9 hour drive, much of it on rain-swollen mud roads, Mark visited Tappita, including the house where Sean lived.

As you will see in the short video HERE, Sean is still fondly remembered in the area.


He met the local elders, visited the site where our vocational centre used to operate and met the Salesians who have just recently returned to the area.

A fuller account of Mark's visit to Liberia and the benefits of your continuing contributions will feature in our next newsletter.


A Visit to Liberia

Mark Chatterton, one of our Trustees, landed in Monrovia today. The visit is long-planned and promises to be both inspirational and busy.

We hope to update these pages with some photos shortly and include a longer report in our next newsletter in the Easter period.