Aaron Lewis Foundation

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Registered Charity No: 1151539

The Aaron Lewis Foundation is a charity set up in memory of Lieutenant Aaron Lewis and is committed to supporting local and military charities through sporting & social endeavors

About Us

On the 15th December 2008 Lieutenant Aaron Lewis, of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, was killed in action in Afghanistan; he was just 26 and on his first operational deployment.

Aaron wanted to make a difference in the world, bringing help to those in need. It was that belief which gave him the courage, hope and enthusiasm to deploy to Afghanistan.

Aaron’s death had a global impact, but his passion for positive change lives on. In the year following his death, family and friends raised an incredible £100,000 for a variety of service and civilian charities and provided a substantial donation towards the construction of the Commando Gunner Memorial that now stands outside of Aaron’s former base at the Royal Citadel in Plymouth.

Two years after his death, the Aaron Lewis Foundation was established by family and friends to continue to make a difference in his name. With unity and teamwork at its heart, Aaron’s family, friends and former service colleagues work together to raise funds for causes close to Aaron’s heart, providing access to sport and wellbeing for all, while at the same time furthering his legacy.

As the Aaron Lewis Foundation continues to grow, the Trustees are committed to ensuring supporters are kept up-to-date with what is being achieved in Aaron’s name. Please follow the links to stay in touch with events and to get in touch with the Trustees if you wish to help fundraise or know of a cause that could benefit from our support.

The Foundation also provides easy access to fundraising via its dedicated Just Giving site. 

 

ABOUT LT AARON LEWIS

Aaron had an unsurpassed zest for life, a quality which complemented his compassionate, caring nature and love of sport. At a young age he played for Wasps FC Rugby youth team before going on to study at Loughborough University. This accolade was followed closely by completion of a Mountain Leadership Course, which enabled him to take disadvantaged children mountain climbing and this desire to help others less fortunate than himself took him to Borneo, where he joined a group of volunteers to build a school.

Making a positive difference to peoples’ lives was central to everything Aaron did, including his work as a fitness instructor in Hawkwell, Essex, where he committed himself particularly to helping people undergoing post-surgical rehabilitation.

Of Aaron’s proudest moments, joining the Army and being awarded a commission at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, were special, but perhaps his greatest achievement was being selected to serve with Commando Forces and winning his coveted Green Beret.

Lt. Aaron Lewis

The Trustees

Lt Col (Retd) Steve Fraser MBE

Lt Col (Retd) Steve Fraser MBE

Mrs Helen Lewis

Mrs Helen Lewis

Mr Simon Jones

Mr Simon Jones

Mr Ryan Brown

Mr Ryan Brown

News & Events

Mail Attachment-20
10 Feb

Thank you to Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes for a very generous donation

Having chosen The Aaron Lewis Foundation as their charity of the year for 2015, Barratt ... Read More

Little-Heroes
29 Jan

ALF and Barratt Homes bring festive cheer to Little Heroes ASD

In the run up to Christmas 2015, the Aaron Lewis Foundation were so proud to ... Read More

Restoration
18 Nov

The ALF Veterans Boat Restoration Project – ‘ready for launch’

Throughout 2015 Barry Lewis has helped a former soldier in Essex to re-gain his confidence ... Read More

Neil-Robertson
20 Oct

The ALF helps enable outdoor access for former Royal Logistic Corps soldier

The Aaron Lewis Foundation has helped with the purchase of a lightweight wheelchair and handbike ... Read More

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30 Sep

Molly Wilson Cycles 200 miles for ALF

The daughter of Aaron’s former Commanding Officer in 29 Commando Regiment has cycled 200 miles ... Read More

The Aaron Lewis Rugby 10's

The ALF 10s – an annual rugby 10s tournament –  is the flagship fundraising event of the Aaron Lewis Foundation.

Founded in 2009, the tournament was the brainchild of a group of Aaron’s close friends, and initially saw four teams compete. From modest beginnings the tournament has expanded year on year, and in 2014, some 12 teams took part with the footfall on the day exceeding 2000.

With the rugby at its core, the occasion has fast become a significant event in the calendar of the local community, and captures Aaron’s spirit perfectly with a combination of sport, fundraising, music, fancy dress, and of course (Aaron’s favourite), Sambuca.

All proceeds go to the Aaron Lewis Foundation, and in 2015, more than £6000 was raised.

Whilst the tournament is a must for clubs and supporters of the Essex rugby circuit, teams, supporters and other stakeholders come from far and wide – Aaron’s regiment, the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery (based in Plymouth), regularly fields a side.

Fittingly, the event is hosted by Westcliff Rugby Club – where Aaron forged his rugby playing career, and an institution with whom the Aaron Lewis Foundation has built close ties  – and we are extremely grateful for their support.

Register a team for 2016

The ALF 10s 2017 will be held at Westcliff Rugby Club on 1 July 2017.

Organisers are currently recruiting teams.  All levels are welcome. If you are interested in entering a side, attending, or simply getting more information, please email alf10s@outlook.com or visit www.facebook.com/ALF10s

Register a team for the ALF 10s 2017

Alternatively, please contact Chris Whiston on 07970125782

Who we are helping

Whizz Kids

Whizz Kids

Our aim is to ensure that every disabled child has an opportunity to be something special… a kid.

There are an estimated 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK waiting for a wheelchair that fits their young lives. That’s where we come in. Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods.

Regional Rehabilitation Unit

Regional Rehabilitation Unit

Having provided an interactive music and audio system for instructors to use while conducting classes at the Regional Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) in Colchester, Essex; the Foundation was proud to be able to provide another system to the RRU in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

The system will be officially unveiled by the Trustees and a VIP visitor to the RRU on 2 September 2014. The RRUs provide access to focused rehabilitation for service personnel injured both on operations, or as a result of non-operational service activity or for whom the physical stresses of service life have taken a toll.

Who we’ve helped in the past