Winners announced for the inaugural Alastair Ramsay Award

Charterhouse is delighted to announce the winner and runner-up in the first ever Alastair Ramsay Award for social responsibility.

Alastair Ramsay (W85) was an Old Carthusian of remarkable qualities. Following significant academic and sporting achievements at Charterhouse, he went on to Oxford and then to a highly successful career in which he combined professional excellence with an abiding commitment to charitable causes, especially in the developing world. A passionate traveller, Alastair contributed to a range of projects working to make the world a better and a fairer place, before dying tragically young in 2007 aged just 39.

In 2016, the School was approached by Alastair’s family and best friend, and together a group developed the Alastair Ramsay Award, which is now given for the first term following a very successful and competitive application process. As well as perpetuating Alastair’s memory, the Award is intended to inspire and support Carthusians in developing a similar commitment to charitable causes, and will be given annually to a Carthusian or young OC who wishes to spend time undertaking such activity.

A high level of interest was received from current Specialists (sixth-formers) and OCs aged twenty-two and under. Following a two-stage application process, and scrutiny of written proposals by an expert panel, the inaugural Award has been accepted by Euan McDougall (W13). Currently a Geography student at Durham University, Euan’s exceptional proposal is for a project in Rwanda, where he will be working with international organisation Del Agua to provide innovative health technologies to 3 million of Rwanda’s poorest citizens.

Accepting the £2,500 prize, funded by OC philanthropy, Euan said:

“It is a great honour to be the inaugural recipient of the Alistair Ramsay Award. By volunteering with a health programme, DelAgua, I hope to demonstrate myself as a worthy recipient and to learn lots from the incredible experience. The skills I wish to develop will be invaluable and I hope that I can put them to good use in the future.”

The Award panel, which included an FCO diplomat alongside senior members of Charterhouse’s academic and development staff, was also most impressed with the proposal from Katherine Hastings (P15), who receives a £500 high commendation. Katherine, a former Head Girl at Charterhouse now studying at St Andrew’s, will be travelling to Zanzibar to work with the charity GIVE, focussed on developing eco-friendly and educational projects.

Katherine comments:

“’I feel incredibly grateful to be receiving this award and I am hugely thankful to Alastair Ramsay and his family for supporting what I hope will be a phenomenal and insightful experience this summer. Working alongside GIVE, I look forward to supporting local communities in Zanzibar through the construction of critical infrastructure and teaching. I hope to return with a better understanding of sustainable development and the role that I can play in making a lasting difference and transforming lives.”

As a condition of the Award, both Euan and Katherine will be expected to help inform the wider Charterhouse community about the value of such development projects, and will be writing blogs throughout their projects, as well as returning to Charterhouse to describe their experiences in the next academic year.

For more information about the Award, or about Charterhouse’s programme of social responsibility and citizenship work, please contact Mr Ben Nicholls: bn@charterhouse.org.uk.