Remembering a loved one in support of the Trust

Making a donation to the John Schofield Trust in memory of a loved one

The Trust welcomes donations which celebrate a loved one’s life and values and can offer advice and support if someone important to you has died and you wish to organise an event or fundraising campaign in their memory. 

In December 2021 Daisy Hughes’ 114 mile sponsored walk in memory of her journalist dad Mark Hughes raised £1870 for the Trust.

Daisy contacted the Trust after the death of her dad in October 2021 to suggest the walk along the towpath between Oxford and London.

A photo of Daisy and Mark HughesDaisy chose the Trust because of a personal connection to John Schofield and because the Trust embodies values Mark Hughes believed in. Daisy wrote:

“He and my mum both worked with John Schofield at Channel 4 Daily, and he was so passionate about journalism and improving accessibility, so I think this would be a cause very close to his heart.”

On her way Daisy used the Trust’s Instagram account to post images taken on her walk.

Daisy’s inspiring story was featured on Radio Oxford and picked up by local papers along her route.

Trust CEO David Stenhouse said “Daisy’s walk celebrated her dad’s values and was an inspiring fundraiser. We are very grateful to Daisy and her family for thinking of the John Schofield Trust and for supporting the next generation of journalists by remembering their loved one.”

Dave’s Story

Dave EvansDaisy’s walk is not the only time that the Trust has benefited from a donation in the memory of a beloved journalist. In January 2021 the Trust was contacted by the family of the respected football journalist Dave Evans who died on Christmas Day 2020 aged just 54. Dave had a rare gift for supporting and encouraging colleagues who were just starting off in the industry and his family chose the John Schofield Trust to recieve donations in lieu of flowers at his funeral, and persuaded his employers Archant newspapers to donate Dave’s long service payment of £500 to the Trust.

If you would like to remember a loved one with a donation to the John Schofield Trust to support our work of encouraging early career journalists please contact

Image by Daisy Hughes

John Schofield was ‘the kind of man who gives journalism a good name’

Robin Lustig, former BBC Presenter

John ‘was a brilliant journalist and a delightful man… He had the intelligence, integrity and courage to get to the top of his profession and it is a tragedy that such a brilliant career should come to such a shockingly premature end’

Richard Tait, former Editor-in-Chief, ITN

‘John’s gentle manners, ever-ready smile and openness were always a great boost to the spirit even on the most mundane of news days’

Zeinab Badawi, BBC Presenter

‘The John Schofield Trust…is an amazing organisation, and I think especially in these difficult, challenging times for the media industry, it’s really important to support young journalists’

Ben Brown, BBC Presenter

‘Every young journalist needs support. They need guidance. They need to fight. And that’s exactly what the Trust does’

Ronke Philipps, ITV News Correspondent

‘It’s really exciting to to witness first hand this next generation of journalists that will help shape the media landscape, hopefully make the industry better and build faith and trust in it’

Cordelia Lynch, Sky News Correspondent

‘Simply put – it enabled me to pursue my dream career, which without the support of my mentor and the John Schofield Trust, would not have been possible’

Mentee 2018

‘It is just a brilliant, practical and productive scheme – which in a cross generational way improves journalism for everyone’

Mentor 2018-19

‘Many thanks for having me at Mohamed’s talk … It was very helpful, well-structured and fitted a lot in to just under 60 mins. Really appreciate being able to join… it was fascinating to hear how Mohamed has done … foreign producing, especially when it comes to maintaining high standards, good communication and upholding strong ethics’

Laura Gaynor, Freelance producer

‘I’ve really enjoyed the whole mentoring experience! It’s been very useful to be able to hone my writing to a more concise and professional tone. I think the biggest take-away from this has been the confidence to share what I write’

E-mentee 2018-19

‘I want to be in a position where it’s not rare to have loads of different people from different backgrounds and not just racial backgrounds, but also class backgrounds and everything like that’

Ayshah Tull, former mentee and C4 News Reporter

But when I was out there actually looking for work, particularly in light of my disability, I couldn’t get started. It was the Trust that helped me get my foot in the door and help get me seen and recognised by the relevant people. To this day, when I mention my involvement with the scheme to people their eyes light up’

Max Preston, former mentee and Sky News producer

‘There is group think and I’ve succumbed to it plenty of times, despite the fact I went to a comp’

Lewis Goodall, former mentee and Policy Editor, BBC Newsnight

‘Being properly representative of modern Britain both on and off-air is essential to earning audience trust in our news output. Audiences need to hear and see themselves reflected back in the mirror we hold up to them’

Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of BBC Daytime and Early Peak

‘If I heard a Scottish voice on the news, especially if it wasn’t a particularly posh Scottish voice on the news, it gave me hope as a state educated Scot in Glasgow, that that’s something that I could do. There could be a future for me in that industry’

Peter Smith, former mentee and Scotland Correspondent, ITV News

‘It’s been reassuring to know that I could go into journalism with any degree and that having a passion for it is the main thing… It’s also been great to talk to someone from such a diverse background, it makes me realise that your differences are what makes you stand out and that can be an advantage in lots of situations’

E-mentee 2018-19

‘What the Trust does is it makes people feel that wherever you are and wherever you’re from that career in the media is well within your reach, and that you deserve it’

Minnie Stephenson, C4 News Reporter

‘As a mentor you offer listening, confidentiality, your interest and your thoughts. You’re not a friend or a teacher, simply someone who’s been in a similar place yourself and made it through’

Andrew Wilson, TV Correspondent