Geoffrey Davison, co-founder of Break, dies aged 79

Davison co-founded the charity with his wife Judith and their friend Leslie Morley in 1968 in order to provide holidays to vulnerable and disabled children

Geoffrey Davison
Geoffrey Davison

One of the co-founders of the young people’s charity Break has died at the age of 79 after a long illness, the charity has announced.

Geoffrey Davison, who died on 27 April, founded Break in 1968 with his wife Judith and their friend Leslie Morley to provide respite holidays for vulnerable and disabled children and their parents.

The trio, who were all in their early 20s at the time, had been inspired to start the charity after volunteering to take disabled and disadvantaged children on holiday to Norfolk.

The charity has now expanded to care for at-risk children, provide children’s homes, support young adults leaving care and support families in the community. It had an income of £11.4m in the year to the end of March 2016.

Davison was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to children.

Hilary Richards, chief executive of Break, said she was fortunate to have known Davison, and to know Judith Davison and Morley, and had "the utmost respect" for them and the organisation they created. 

"I consider myself privileged to be leading this organisation forward and to know that the charity remains true to the founding ethos and values of Geoffrey, Judith and Leslie," she said.

"Geoffrey was an amazing man and dedicated his life to enhancing the life prospects of those less fortunate than himself. ‘Mr D’ will be very much missed."

Davison is survived by Judith and their four children.

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