On January 21, over 200 friends and family members came together to celebrate the launch of the David Hoyle Foundation in Crondall, Surrey – a demonstration that his ability to bring people together to work towards a better world lives on.
After the tragic loss of David on June 6 2017, it was agreed that his legacy should continue through the establishment of a foundation in his name. As a result, and thanks to the tireless work of his family and friends, the David Hoyle Foundation has been created to support educational and environmental projects locally in Crondall, in the UK, and in Nguti in Cameroon, the home village of David’s wife Marceline, which had adopted David as one of its own during his time living and working there. The foundation has already raised over £5,000 which will contribute to important and lasting changes in both Crondall and Nguti.
David Hoyle devoted his life to protecting the environment and wildlife of Africa, as well as supporting the local communities whom he loved so much. Throughout his life, he has been responsible for a significant amount of progress made on behalf of the global conservation community. As Proforest’s Conservation and Land Use Director, David made a huge contribution to efforts to reduce deforestation and was relentless in driving forward work for the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 Africa Palm Oil Initiative as well as the High Conservation Values (HCVs) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) initiatives.
We were deeply touched by the messages, photos and stories that flooded in during the months following David’s death from his many friends and colleagues throughout the world. They are all testament to how much David was valued and loved by those who knew him. We have collated these contributions, along with our own memories and some of David’s own photography, into a memorial book that has been presented to David’s close family and is also available to view here.
Our thoughts remain with David’s wife, Marceline, their three children and wider family – who have all demonstrated enormous strength throughout this difficult time.
To support the valuable work of the foundation, a Crowdfunding page has been created for donations.