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Geelan Bursary Appeal Update

In memory of Jeremy Geelan (OL 1975), and with the support of Mike Geelan and Jeremy's family, Paul Matarewicz and Michael Foster have launched a Bursary Appeal.
Mike Geelan addressing the OLA annual dinner attendees
Mike Geelan addressing the OLA annual dinner attendees

"Jeremy was always said to have a way with words. Vocal in the classroom and somewhat of a leader in team sports. He remained a Middlesex badminton champion unbeaten for 2 years. In School football, and later in the old boys football, the energy and passion he put into his pre match motivational chats talking about the virtues of the perfect shade of the grass and the shape and weight of the football, indeed words became his life. First he worked as founding editor, whilst studying at Cambridge, of his own magazine then later as a script writer for the BBC on 'Jim'll Fix It'. In the early 80s he worked as a freelancer and various other things until he finally found his niche as the owner of a book publishing company, specialising in issues concerning the future and what lies ahead. This led him to be regarded as a leading guru explaining the emerging world and the internet through various media - media, global conferences and via social media. A confident public speaker, Jeremy could talk about anything to anyone and frequently did! He lived most of his nomadic life in Denmark, plus a four year stint across Belgium, Estonia and Nepal. He was also able to effortlessly share his message in five different languages. In his final years he devoted his time to singlehandedly raising awareness of and trying to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. "Why not?" he would say, "Someone has to." Jeremy would have been one of the first to acknowledge the kick start he was given by spending seven years at John Lyon School." - Mike Geelan. 

Thank you to all the Old Lyonians who have made a commitment to support the Jeremy Geelan Bursary, pledging an annual donation over 7 years. A local boy from the Harrow area from a disadvantaged financial background will have the opportunity to be educated at John Lyon School through this wonderful effort.

Help us grow the commitment to support a bursary which will transform the life of child and welcome him to an environment at John Lyon that challenges, inspires and creates friendships that last a lifetime.


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