Family carry on son's will to help

A FUND established following the death of the son of a Suffolk peer may be used to help disadvantaged youngsters in rural Africa.Freddie Henniker-Major, the 21-year-old son of Lord Henniker and Lady Lesley Henniker-Major, was found hanging from a tree at Thornham Park, near Eye, in February 2005.

A FUND established following the death of the son of a Suffolk peer may be used to help disadvantaged youngsters in rural Africa.

Freddie Henniker-Major, the 21-year-old son of Lord Henniker and Lady Lesley Henniker-Major, was found hanging from a tree at Thornham Park, near Eye, in February 2005. He had suffered badly from depression.

A verdict of suicide was recorded at a long-delayed inquest, held last week.

Now money collected at the young man's funeral and later boosted by family donations may be on its way to Zambia to support a project aimed at giving young people a sustainable future.

Lady Henniker-Major said that she and Freddie had visited the village of Mwandi on the edge of the Zambezi in Barotseland, Western Province, in February 2004.

“The idea was to create a whole plan holistic project which would create employment within a local agricultural environment and a stable and established social infrastructure,” she said.

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“Freddie had started a report on the project and had hoped to return to do work on the ground, but his illness took a serious turn for the worse and he was not able to continue.”

Now the family is looking to use the money raised at Freddie's funeral to fund a project to help educate children in rural areas.

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