On 30th January 2016 Mr Robert W Stimpson, author, and Mr Roy Moore, Kennish Manx-born descendant, sportsman and TT Motorcycle Race Radio Commentator, formed the William Kennish Memorial Trust. The trust deed was formally witnessed by two independent persons and was configured following independent legal advice to meet Isle of Man Trust legislation.
The Trust operates as a Non-Profit Organisation with annual accounts available after 30th January 2017 on request to supporters who provide their names and postal addresses.
The primary object of the trust is to place a Manx granite memorial to William Kennish in New York on 19th March 2017 - the 155th annuiversary of his death.
The fund-raising target of £5,000 was met on February 17th 2017 and the stone is being shipped on Monday 20th February 2017 to New York.
Donated funds will be used by the Trust to cover the costs of purchase and engraving of the memorial, its packaging and shipment. Donations will also contribute a minor proportion of the travel costs of up to two trustees to attend and manage the placement, the insurances required for Trustees and the costs of using an approved memorial stone-mason to place the memorial at Greenwood, plus cemetery and other associated charges.
The Isle of Man Attorney General’s Office has decreed that the objective of the placement of such a memorial unfortunately does not meet IOM Charities Act requirements due to the current lack of public knowledge in the USA surrounding William Kennish and his work. We hope that this position can be revised in the future as knowledge of William Kennish develops.
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