Commemorative print unveiled in Damilola Taylor Room
Posted on 02/12/2015
On 27 November 2015 Richard Taylor OBE and others from the Damilola Taylor Trust (DTT) visited King’s College London for a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of Damilola Taylor’s death.
L-R: Mr Chris Dusu, Mr Michael Lewis, Dr Olu Coker, Mr Richard Taylor OBE, Dr Bernadine Idowu and Mr Michael Sheath (all of/affiliated with DTT)
Hosted by Dr Jane Valentine and Dr Steve Thompson, the Directors of the Extended Medical Degree Programme at the GKT School of Medical Education at King’s College London, a commemorative print was presented to Mr Taylor ahead of its installation in the Damilola Taylor room.
The EMDP was introduced in 2001 to level the educational playing field by enabling bright, promising students from local non-selective state schools within London to study medicine. The 6-year programme splits the first conventional year of the medical degree into 2 years, enabling the provision of extra academic tuition and pastoral support.
L-R: Dr Nicki Cohen, Mr Richard Taylor OBE pictured with members of the Home Office, including Mr Ken Sutton and Ms Katie Aston
The Trust presented awards to exceptional students on King’s Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP) on its first anniversary in 2002, and supported the subsequent creation of the Damilola Taylor room in 2006 to provide a space for students on the course to meet, study together and support each other.
Dr Valentine, one of the Directors of the EMDP programme said: 'Your background, status or postcode should not determine your success in life: ability, commitment and resilience should. These values are at the heart of the EMDP, and I imagine, the Damilola Taylor Trust, and make each small success that little bit more meaningful.'
10-year-old Damilola was murdered on 27 November 2000 on his way home from Peckham library by two young people barely older than himself. Many people can still recall the few frames caught on CCTV showing him in high spirits on his way home unaware of what was to happen.
Damilola had written, 'I will travel far and wide to choose my destiny to remould the world.' The Taylor family vowed to honour his memory by trying to remould the lives of disadvantaged south Londoners and others through the Damilola Taylor Trust.
The Trust and King’s continue to share common goals in supporting students from local communities.
L-R: Francesca Garcia, Michaela O'Connell, Dr Steve Thompson, Dr Jane Valentine, Mr Richard Taylor OBE, Laura Ingham, Mr Bill Edwards, Kevin McEwan and Josephine Agyeman