Sadly on the 5th of February 2009 our youngest son Chris Salmon passed away very suddenly aged just 15, from a streptococcal virus and pneumonia. He was a loving, caring boy with a charismatic smile who had so much still to give and we his Parents and Brother wanted his memory to live on and to do this we have set up the Christopher Salmon Foundation.

Chris's and our friends have been a great source of comfort to us and have been so supportive in helping us fund-raise for this foundation and to them we remain indebted.

Chris was a student of Calday Grammar School and was just about to sit his GCSEs, he had hopes of becoming an author and dreamt of studying Russian and English at Oxford University. His passion for both subjects was infectious and since his untimely death, a book "The Siege of Leningrad" has been published in conjunction with Calday School - the book is dedicated to Chris and contains some of his work. 

We hope that from reading this website you may be able to get an insight into Chris's life and to what, we his family hope to achieve with the funds we raise. 

With grateful thanks for your support 

Julie , Rich and Jonny Salmon

Rowan McCabe

Foundation funds Rowan McCabe's poetry workshop at Calday Grammar 

£66,902.47

Is the total amount raised by the charity so far. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us with our fundraising. 

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The Christopher Salmon Poetry Competition 2024

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s Chris Salmon Poetry Competition. We were delighted to receive over 250 entries and the difficult task of judging has now taken place. Once again, the standard of entries was extremely high so we would like to thank the judges for reading through all the wonderful entries and having the unenviable task of choosing the winners. All winners have now been notified and they and their families have been invited to an award ceremony which is being held at Birkenhead Library in mid-July.

So, we are delighted to announce that this year’s winning entries are as follows: -

Space by Ezra White – Winner KS1

Rainforest by Maggie Stanton – Highly Commended KS1

Dreams by Gia-An Pham-Nguyen-Highly Commended KS1

Life in a Dream by Rosanna Abdulla – Winner KS2

I had a dream by Dara Hanks – Highly Commended KS2

What happens in my head when I’m in bed by Bea Brand – Highly commended KS2

My Ambition by Martha Nolan- Highly Commended KS2

That Girl by Lottie Ryan – Winner KS3

I had a dream that cancer fades away by Lucy Prothero – Highly Commended KS3

Dreamweaver’s Melody by Jack Rowlands – Highly commended KS3

Dream by Danieke Nielson – Winner KS4

My Dream by Vasile Mateescu – Highly Commended KS4

Just a dream by Kerolos Wanis – Highly Commended KS4

Dream by Phoebe Reay – Winner 16+

We look forward to meeting the winners and their families to present their prizes at the awards evening. We are hoping to hold our final and the 15th Christopher Salmon Poetry competition in 2025 and if we are able to go ahead further details will be posted on our website in late Autumn 2024. Thank you once again for your support and for helping us keep Christopher’s memory alive.