Lady Grantchester 1925-2019
It is with deep sadness that KidsOut reports the recent passing of KidsOut founder and Patron, Lady Grantchester. Her support of a Rotary children’s day out led directly to the creation of KidsOut as an established national charity. Lady Grantchester, Betty Suenson-Taylor, was the head of the Moores family and the daughter of Sir John Moores, founder of the Liverpool-based Littlewoods football pools and retailing businesses.
A committed philanthropist, it was the vision and leadership of Lady Grantchester that saw the Kingston Rotary Club and Kingston Littlewoods store organise an outing for 200 children to go to Thorpe Park in 1990. The day was so successful that Lady Grantchester generously offered a one off grant to any Rotary Club willing to take part in a similar event on the 2nd Wednesday in June. Overnight, the National Rotary KidsOut Day was created. It soon became the biggest single outing for disadvantaged children in the UK and continues to this day, with 30,477 attending a local fun day out in June 2018. Lady Grantchester continued to actively support the charity until her death.
“Quite simply, without Lady Grantchester KidsOut would never exist,” says Gordon Moulds CBE DL, KidsOut CEO. “It was her deep concern and compassion for disadvantaged children that led to KidsOut developing into a charity that does much more than one fun day out. In 2018 alone, KidsOut provided Fun Days out throughout the year to 51,886 children, 3,188 Toy Boxes to those being rehomed from refuge, and ensured every child in a Women’s Aid Refuge was able to receive a brand-new toy at Christmas. Tens of thousands of children receive essential support every year thanks to this extraordinary woman.
From all at KidsOut I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Lady Grantchester’s family. KidsOut will continue to honour Lady Grantchester’s legacy by fulfilling our mission of bringing fun and happiness to disadvantaged children when they need it most.”