Welcome – and please read on

This page has been set up by Harry’s family to help create a lasting legacy to ‘pay forward’ all the love that has been shared with them since his sudden death at the age of 21 from a cardiac arrest triggered by Septic Shock (an acute form of Sepsis) on 20 February 2019.

The Harry Lownds Memorial Fund offers scholarship support to a graduate student at the University of Sussex whose personal circumstances might otherwise prevent them undertaking the Master of Science degree in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology.

Studying Genetics was Harry’s dream and he had planned to start this course in September 2019 following completion of his BSc in Genetics at Sussex.  Harry had a lifelong love of science which he expressed eloquently in his Personal Statement when he applied for a place at University (you can read it here “Harry’s Personal Statement“)

Donations to the fund can be made via the University of Sussex Alumni website or that of the American Friends of the University of Sussex, allowing UK taxpayers to claim Gift Aid and US taxpayers to deduct relevant taxes.  Links to both sites are below.  

If you are in the UK please donate here: University of Sussex

If you are in the US please donate here: Friends of University of Sussex   On the Friends website, please use the ‘special purpose’ box to specify that you would like your donation to be earmarked to the Harry Lownds Memorial Fund.

Please also feel free to use the ‘comments’ box on either site to pass on other messages, however Harry’s family can also be contacted directly by emailing: familylownds@gmail.com

2022 ‘Walk for Harry’ challenges

Our 2022 charity fundraising efforts in Harry’s memory kicked off with Becky’s 106km UltraChallenge hike around the isle of Wight on 30 April and 1 May. Read more about her efforts to raise funds for Sepsis Research FEAT at: https://www.justgiving.com/becnmatt-lownds

In July Matt will be undertaking the Peak District UltraChallenge across the familiar ground of the White Peak – including traversing from Grangemill to Brightgate a stone’s throw from his childhood home in Bonsall. He will be fundraising for the Harry Lownds Memorial Scholarship at the University of Sussex through https://www.justgiving.com/matt-lownds-pduc22

2021’s Harry Lownds Scholarship recipient and Autumn 2021 Supporter Report

Thames Pathway UltraChallenge

To round off 2021’s UltraChallenge season Becky joined her friend Abi on Sunday 12 September to undertake the second day of the Thames Pathway.  This took them from a dawn start in the mists of Runnymede to an Indian Summer evening finish along the Regatta Course into Henley.  We are very grateful to Abi for her fundraising efforts which considerably boosted the total Becky had raised earlier in the year for Sepsis Research FEAT.

South West Coast to Coast UltraChallenge

The weekend of 24-25 July saw Becky complete the UltraChallenge Coast to Coast 105km hike from Minehead on the North Somerset coast to Dawlish on the South Devon coast. She was joined by Harry’s sister Rosie. Their efforts – including an epic crossing of the eastern edge of Exmoor in horizontal driving rain – succeeded in raising in excess of £1,000 for the charity Sepsis Research FEAT.

The Harry Lownds Biology Prize winner 2021

Although Repton School’s Speech Day again was unable to go ahead due to the restrictions necessitated to deal with Coronavirus, the highlights and achievements of the year were recognised in traditional style in its Speech Day Programme.   The 2021 recipient of the Biology Prize established in Harry’s memory by his family is Lily Morris, who like Harry’s sister Evie is planning to take a gap year while applying for a place at University to study medicine.

Jurassic Coast UltraChallenge

Sunday 17 May saw Becky join Harry’s Godmother Jenny in walking the second stage of the Jurassic Coast UltraChallenge.

After a dawn start in Weymouth they made their way westward along the undulating Dorset coastline in the face of fast deteriorating weather.  The lunch stop at Abbotsbury swannery was followed by the very real challenge of a long stretch along the shifting shingle of Chesil beach.  Next came steep climbs and descents above chalk cliffs.  Finally after eleven hours, 50 kilometers and many hundred meters of ascent and descent the finishing line in Bridport drew into view.

Tired, soaked but elated Jenny and Becky crossed the line to be met by much needed cups of tea and space blankets. We are very grateful to Jenny for the sponsorship she raised for Harry’s scholarship in completing this challenge.



Supporter Report, Autumn 2020

The Autumn 2020 Supporter Report provides an update for everyone who has supported the scholarship established in Harry’s memory from its first two recipients: Ieva Didziokaite for 2019/20 and Callum Loader for 2020/21.

Callum decided to undertake the MSc in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Sussex after completing his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Kent in Canterbury.