About Us

The Jermain Defoe Foundation was founded in 2013 by England footballer Jermain Defoe to support homeless, vulnerable and abused children in his family’s home country of St Lucia. Jermain’s grandparents came from the Caribbean island and he has been visiting every year since he was a young child. St Lucia is well known as a paradise holiday destination but little is heard of the poverty and abuse suffered by children there. Since the launch of The Jermain Defoe Foundation, we have expanded our cause to support children and families in surrounding Carribean Islands and the UK.

Soufriere Primary School Library 2010

November 1, 2010

Soufriere Primary School Library 2010

Jermain first visited Soufriere Primary School in 2010 to view damage caused by Hurricane Tomas. After Jermain donated money to the school so the library could be refurbished, a sign was unveiled at the new library by principal Mr Felix Gill naming it ‘Jermain Defoe School Library’.

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Official Foundation Launch 2013

June 23, 2013

Official Foundation Launch 2013

The Jermain Defoe Foundation was officially launched in 2013 in St Lucia. The photo shows Sr Anthonia David from Holy Family Children’s Home, Jermain’s Mum Sandra, Jermain and Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.

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Gala Dinner 2013

September 16, 2013

Gala Dinner 2013

The Foundation hosted a Gala Dinner to help raise funds for homeless and abused children in St.Lucia. The Gala Dinner event raised over £80,000 to go towards building a new children’s home in the South of the island.

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Football Tournament 2015

June 28, 2015

Football Tournament 2015

2015 was the year of our first charity football tournament, which is an event that now occurs annually. It is a fun-filled day where children can get involved in playing football and families are encouraged to come along and support, whilst all raising money for the foundation.

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Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2016

December 25, 2016

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2016

In 2016, we delivered 181 boxes donated by the public, plus 100 boxes and toys donated by the Jermain Defoe Foundation to Daigen School in St. Lucia.

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Football Tournament 2017

May 29, 2017

Football Tournament 2017

The football tournament returned in 2017, raising over £6000 for children in St Lucia. The money raised has gone towards towards supporting Holy Family Children’s Home, as well as helping to equip the recently built Rainbow Children’s Home in the South of the island, funded by the Jermain Defoe Foundation.

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Rainbow Children’s Home 2017

August 31, 2017

Rainbow Children’s Home 2017

Rainbow Children’s Home, funded by the Jermain Defoe Foundation, is to be the second children’s home in St Lucia located in one of the poorer areas on the South of the island. The building was completed in 2017 and is being equipped and prepared before the children arrive.

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Hurricane Maria Dominica

September 19, 2017

Hurricane Maria Dominica

Following the devastations of Hurricane Maria in Dominica, the Jermain Defoe Foundation expanded its cause to raise funds for children in other Caribbean islands, as well as St Lucia.  The foundation recognised the important need in Dominica, as the devastations meant that 98% of homes lost their roofs with many homes…

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Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2017

December 25, 2017

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2017

With the help of generous donations from all over the UK, in 2017 we were able to give 178 students in St Lucia Christmas Shoeboxes and 173 students in Dominica, following the devastations of Hurricane Maria on Dominica in September 2017.  These shoeboxes went to students from Sineku Primary School…

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Life-threatening illnesses

February 1, 2018

Life-threatening illnesses

Following Jermain’s close friendship with Bradley Lowery, the Foundation expanded its reach to the UK, to help raise funds for children in the UK with life-threatening illnesses. The Jermain Defoe Foundation is working closely with The Bradley Lowery Foundation and aims to help other young people with neuroblastoma, a rare…

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Football Tournament 2018

May 7, 2018

Football Tournament 2018

Jermain Defoe Foundation hosted our charity’s annual football tournament to raise money for underprivileged children in the Caribbean and the UK. The Tournament took place on Monday, May 7, at PlayFootball Romford for children between the ages of 5-13. Fourty-four teams entered the tournament with entries coming in from all around…

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