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Sam strove to make us better in so many ways, and tirelessly tried to help all those he could. I think he was pretty damn successful in all that, as a captain and as a friend. During our darkest moments, he would raise us up and remind us of our worth and ability.

Charlie Smith (2015), succeeding Captain of the Redboys
Sam (third from right) after he captained the Redboys to victory at the Cuppers final against Queens in 2018

The Sam Fitzsimmons Cambridge Bursary

Sam embodied the Johnian spirit of altruism and academia in every step of his journey. Always present and engaged with the world around him, Sam was a natural leader, and as Captain of the Redboys he introduced the team to the Good Lad Initiative to encourage more mindful behaviours.

Earnest in his advocacy of sport and the richness of camaraderie it fosters, Sam wanted to establish a Sam Fitzsimmons Cambridge Bursary to support Johnian athletes. This means-tested bursary will sponsor a minimum of one state-school student a year who participates in sport at St John’s. 

Sam (middle) during his travels to Nepal with a St John’s Travel Grant in September 2016.

The Sam Fitzsimmons Travel Grant

A gifted linguist, having studied French, German, Latin and Russian at school before arriving at St John’s to read Natural Sciences, Sam relished learning about other cultures. At the end of his first year he benefitted from a grant of his own when he received the CW Brasher Travel Fund. Sam’s subsequent visit to Nepal to trek the Annapurna mountain range was an experience which made a profound impact on him.

To facilitate the same immersion in culture and global perspective for future students, the Sam Fitzsimmons Fund will also support a Sam Fitzsimmons Travel Grant, which will encourage Johnian students to explore the world through trekking, hiking or other forms of physical courage and endeavour.

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Give to the Sam Fitzsimmons Fund

If you wish to support these projects in Sam’s name, please visit our donation page.