28 November 2005
As a lasting memorial to FOCAL International's late Chairperson, the Executive Committee has decided to set up The Jane Mercer Memorial Trust Fund.
Donations will be sought at a number of key events throughout the coming years, beginning with FOCAL’s 20th Anniversary Christmas Party in December 2005. Designed as a self-perpetuating fund, disbursements will be made to projects close to Jane’s heart, such as, training. Other thoughts are to hold an annual memorial lecture.
Inaugurating the Fund celebrated British filmmaker Lord Puttnam, now FOCAL's Chair of Patrons said,
“It gives me pleasure to be one of the first to contribute to the Jane Mercer Memorial Trust Fund. She did so much to enhance the footage industry’s profile and believed passionately in the need to train researchers in the profession of footage research, copyright clearance and licensing. It is a fitting tribute that the fund should go towards training future researchers and promoting the moving image industry.”
If anybody reading this feels they would like to mark Jane’s passing in a way that would benefit the industry that she worked so hard to promote, please send your donations marked to:
The Jane Mercer Memorial Trust Fund,
c/o FOCAL International,
South Hill Avenue,