Family launch foundation in memory of Oluwatobi Adeyemi from Sutton

Family to launch foundation in memory of an exceptional teenager

Family to launch foundation in memory of an exceptional teenager

First published in Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A charitable trust is being launched in memory of an exceptional teenager who died suddenly.

Oluwatobi Adeyemi, 16, the only child of two doctors, collapsed and died in front of his parents at the family home in Vicarage Close, Kingswood, on March 5, 2011.

The death of Tobi, as he was known by his friends, was due to sudden cardiac death.

It was one of his visions that if he successfully became an investment banker he wanted to start a foundation and now his friends and family are helping to fulfil that dream.

His family and trustees will launch the educational foundation in his memory on Friday at the Whitgift School for Boys in South Croydon, where Tobi was a sixth-former. 

A close friend of the family and chairman of the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation, Seyi Obakin, said: "It is no secret that this foundation was forged in adversity but, in keeping with the character of Tobi Adeyemi who inspired it, we are optimistic, ambitious, energetic and positive about young people’s chances in life.

"We are determined that young people, who have already shown some potential, should not, for financial reasons, fail to realise that potential.

"That was Tobi’s dream but for him, it was not just a dream to be put on a shelf for the future.

"No, he was already doing all he could with the little he had. So this foundation that bears his name will not indulge the excuse of having too little.

"We will do what we can with what we have. But it won’t be enough without your support.

"At a time when more than one hundred thousand young people received a straight F grade in maths and when more than one million young people are unemployed, with many of them simply unemployable, what we can do will not be enough without your help."

Tobi, a member of the Sutton Christian Centre, has been described as an exceptional scholar, musician, sportsman and supporter of charitable causes.

The Tobi Adeyemi Foundation is a grant-making foundation set up to support and enable disadvantaged children and young people who have already shown some potential, get a first class education.

To donate to the foundation visit: or for more information visit

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