The Roger Counter Foundation is a charitable company set up by the will of Roger Counter in 2008. He left much of his UK estate to be applied for this charitable purpose.
The trust is administered by a board of trustees chaired by Richard Bagley, a local solicitor together with Roger’s sister Judith Brown and Jonathan Ogden also a solicitor and old friend.
The trustees meet regularly to review the trust’s purpose, consider funding proposals and appraise the investment performance of foundation assets.
Roger was a local Bournemouth boy who spent most of his life in the town. With his parents he developed the family property business and retired in 2006 to enjoy an active retirement in the Swiss Alps. Sadly Roger’s retirement was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare form of Burkitt’s lymphoma. He fought this illness with great courage and fortitude, whether in hospital or at home, in the depths of great pain and despair he never gave up. He never let it get him down. In that sense he has been and continues to be a great inspiration to others.
He wanted desperately to understand how this disease is caused and how it could be prevented or cured in the future. We may be a long way from meeting his objective but the Foundation is committed to:
● Raising public awareness and understanding of lymphoma
● Funding medical research
● Funding a medical scholarship with the aim of improving the treatment and cure of Lymphoma; and
● Providing financial assistance to people suffering from Lymphoma and their immediate family