Nicholas Knatchbull Travel Fund
The Nicholas Knatchbull Travel Fund (previously known as the Nicholas Knatchbull Memorial Fund) was established in the memory of Nicholas Knatchbull, an Old Dragon. Its intention is to offer financial assistance to Old Dragons to enable them to take part in activities and expeditions which encourage initiative and foster understanding between young people both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Assistance has been given to a large number of expeditions ranging from a motor bike journey from Cape Town to Cairo; assisting in an orphanage in Morocco; teaching English to street children in Quito, Ecuador; various trekking trips to the Himalayan Mountains; wild life studies in the rainforests of south east Asia and in the waters of the Pacific and many others. Since the fund’s inception, over £30,000 of grants have been awarded.
Many Old Dragons, particularly those preparing for a gap year, have applied for and received grants from the Fund. Should a grant be awarded, the OD is asked either to write a report about his or her trip which will be placed alongside others on the school web site, or they may be invited back to the Dragon to talk to the children about their adventures as part of the Spectrum programme on a Friday evening.
Applications from Old Dragons are welcomed, and an application form is available here. The trustees meet twice a year, in early May and November, to review applications, so please ensure your application is received well in advance.
Should you require more information about the Fund, please contact:
Edward Phelps, The Secretary of the Nicholas Knatchbull Travel Fund, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6SS or on 01865 315400.
Nicholas Knatchbull, an Old Dragon, was tragically killed alongside his grandfather, Lord Louis Mountbatten and other members of the family, when a bomb exploded on their fishing boat off Mullaghmore, County Sligo, in Ireland, on August 27th 1979. Nicholas, and his identical twin brother Timothy who survived the bomb, had left the Dragon School the previous summer and then moved on to Gordonstoun School in Scotland. Their former class mates and everyone connected with the Dragon School were deeply shocked
Nicholas' mother, Countess Mountbatten of Burma CBE who also survived the expolsion, and the other Trustees of the Fund are determined to promote the Fund and thus keep alive an active memory of a most active Old Dragon.