Alison Wetherfield died very prematurely on 31 July 2012. Her accomplishments during her short, highly energetic life were breath-taking in scale, scope and goodness. She was a leading employment lawyer in Japan, the UK and the USA, a strong supporter of victims of torture and an influential advocate for women's rights. She fought tirelessly for people less fortunate than herself and would have given so much more to causes of fairness, equality and social mobility had she lived.

The Alison Wetherfield Foundation has been founded to raise money to support projects close to Alison's heart involving:

  • The education of disadvantaged young people
  • Helping disadvantaged young people develop skills, capabilities and careers
  • Research and programmes to improve social inclusion and diversity

The foundation is only in its early stages, but it is already gathering momentum.  Early work promises an exciting future for the foundation, but the scale of what can be achieved is subject to the support that is received.

We hope you will help us build a legacy for Alison that would make her proud.

Apply for Funds

The Foundation will make a small number of grants to support their core charitable objectives.  Applicants should download and read the Guidance for Applicants carefully.  If they feel that their project is eligible they should download and complete the Grant Application form and send it by email to

Download the AWF Grant Guidance Document.pdf

Download the AWF Grant Application.pdf