What we do

The Ellie Thornton Foundation is a charitable incorporated organisation, established in 2017 by Ben and Vicky Thornton in memory of Ellie Georgia Thornton, aged 11, who died, after she was involved in a road traffic accident in West Sussex, as she walked to school in March 2017.

Ellie was an extraordinary girl with an extraordinary life, marked by her desire to have fun, her obsession with theme parks, and her ability to engage anyone in conversation, adult or child. Ellie was worldly, resilient, bubbly and full of ideas and ambitions.  She wanted to help children who didn’t have the same opportunities that she did and recognised that she was lucky to travel the world and have amazing family experiences. The Ellie Thornton Foundation will champion what was important to her, and what is important to her family, in her name.

The Foundation has the following areas of interest;

  • Grant making to provide financial support for “Ellie Days” for families who may struggle to facilitate fun days out for their children due to illness and incapacity
  • Championing and advocacy for, and interventions to support, Road Safety for Children travelling to and from School
  • Supporting initiatives to help parents bereaved by the loss of a child.

The trustees are:

Ben Thornton

Vicky Thornton

Denise Thornton

Anne Colvin

Karen Fishwick

Tamsyn Holmes

Katie Paling

Steven Robinson