THE PIERS SIMON APPEAL
As the donation appeal gained impressive momentum and funds were being wired to assist in the clean up of Koh Phi Phi, it was unanimously decided to turn the appeal in to a charity. The Piers Simon Appeal (PSA) was granted it’s charity number on May 17th 2005
For the next four and a half years the PSA provided funds to disaster victims in 13 countries
THE BIRTH OF SCHOOL IN A BAG – SWAZILAND, SOUTHERN AFRICA
In November 2008 the Piers Simon Appeal (PSA) were invited to join the disaster relief charity ShelterBox
in a joint project to send school equipment out to orphan children in Swaziland, Africa. The Piers Simon Appeal committed £50,000 towards the project.
The solution was to fill a rucksack with stationery and stainless steal eating utensils and in March 2009, the process of packing the 32,000 bags for children at 350 schools took place at the ShelterBox warehouse in Helston, Cornwall. (NB: The cost of each SchoolBag was £5.00).
The bags were shipped to Swaziland and distributed by NERCHA. In June 2009 Henry, Celia and Luke Simon visited Swaziland with four ShelterBox representatives to help with the distribution of the bags at four schools. The 5-day trip had a very strong impact emotionally on Henry, Celia and Luke. From the outset of forming the Piers Simon Appeal, helping children and enhancing education was always on of the charity objectives and these simple rucksacks filled with basic contents presented an opportunity to pursue the idea further. One week after their return, Luke packed away his garden design office, transformed it into the Piers Simon Appeal and coined the phrase ‘School in a Bag’. He made a decision that the first ‘SchoolBags’ would be red in colour.