Jill Willows was a bright, vibrant and independent woman who lived life to its very fullest. As a farmer, business woman, Nuffield scholar, friend or relative, she was someone who burst with enthusiasm, kindness and generosity.
Jill was also hugely committed to young people, and helping them to find ways to develop themselves in the farming sector. She sponsored several Nuffield scholars and set up an award for promising students at Harper Adams University.
Jill’s friends are committed to ensuring that her memory and her values continue to live on – particularly her passion for helping young people.
We are also good friends with Mary and Graham Storrie, whose daughter was murdered in 2003. In her name, they have established the Rosie May Foundation, which aims to give other children the future she was so tragically denied. It was with these two inspirational friends that I found myself visiting a group of female farmers in Nepal in October 2016.
The Women’s Progressive Agricultural group oper-ates as a co-operative and is located near Chitwan National Park, Nepal. We are working with these in-spiring female farmers to improve their livelihoods and create positive futures for their children.
I will be travelling back to Nepal this August with six young volunteers to help these women build a water tank and collection centre, working with them to develop their organic farming system. We wish to maintain Jill’s desire to help young people who perhaps wouldn’t always get a chance. Engaging young farmers from the UK to ac-quire knowledge through cultural ex-change with the people of Nepal.
In time, extending to other countries around the world, we hope this will lead to extension of the Nuffield family.
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