A Book of Remembrance


Julie Boddington

Sevenoaks Area Youth Trust – SAYT [www.SAYT.org.uk] were very sad to learn that Julie died last weekend.

We started this on-line book of condolences and memories to help us all grieve and be truly grateful for all that Julie achieved and meant to us all during her life.  In due course we will provide a printed copies of this book to Julie’s family.  

Anyone can use this book, it is not just for SAYT supporters or young people but for anyone who would like to leave a message, thanks, reflection, prayer or a photo or a video or audio message.

Julie had worked as a youth worker and youth work manager with SAYT for a number of years.  So many young people benefited from her faith, compassion, empathy and listening ear and have reasons to be eternally grateful for her practical support and long-term encouragement.  Many volunteers valued the opportunity to support Julie and to support young people. 

You can listen to Julie – talking about her work and faith – and some young people saying how grateful they are for her, in Believing Their Worth – a short film we made 3 years ago [click here to see that film] which is just as inspiring and moving today as when we filmed it.
Will you join us in praying for Julie’s family as we all come to terms with this devastating news. 

Please also pray for all the young people, volunteers and staff who she worked with.  


We hope you will feel able to add your thoughts, memories, thank you’s or prayers in this book.  You can leave anonymous messages, but please add your first name and how you know Julie – as this will be an extra comfort for her family in the months and years ahead.   Please do not disclose confidential details or mention other people unless you have their permission. 

If you cannot use this book for any reason you can send a message, photo, audio or video to info@sayt.org.uk and we will add your message for you.  

Thank you….. 

Book Owner: Rob Marsh [Founder and Trustee of SAYT]
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Sarah Harrison

Our family were blessed to know Julie, she came into our lives when we most needed her and with such joy and love and compassion. Her energy and warmth were so infectious. When we went through some of the hardest times as a family Julie was always there. She took my daughter to the …


Sanjeev Manaktala

Julie was an inspiration to all, serving wholeheartedly and having a passion for the next generation. Not taking a selfish moment but going to share the beauty of God’s blessing to those who need it and being a steward God’s creation. Her heart to seek and save the loss was captured through her role …


Horton Kirby & South Darenth Youth Project working group

Sometime last year, whilst out walking in our villages of Horton Kirby & South Darenth, Julie spoke to several different people, including local Parish Councillors, about the need to involve young people in the local community. Earlier this year those people started the conversation together in earnest, inviting Julie & SAYT to participate, and …


James Taylor

Dear Julie, I am so blessed that I got to work alongside you during my brief time with SAYT. Your compassion and wisdom remains an inspiration to me every day, and the world is a lesser place without you. You did so much for the young people you worked with, and your belief in …


Joe Byles

Dear Julie, You are an inspirational woman who did so much for me during my teenage years. You were there through so many significant moments in my life – like the day I gave my life to Jesus when I was just fourteen. Your radiant smile and warmth will be sorely missed by me …

Joe Byles

Adie and Roland

Dear Holly, and everyone at SAYT, I just want to pass on our deepest condolences over the very sad news of Julie’s death. Our hearts go out to you all, and to Julie’s family, at this very painful time. It is so difficult to come to terms with the fact that we won’t see …


Emily B

I would like to say a little thing in memory of Julie and her amazing work .  She didn’t know me long while she worked at House in the Basement.  But she helped me be able to find the person I know I want to be. She just had a way to involve everyone …



I knew Julie initially through her work for SAYT and met her first in the office when I was in VEC doing some admin for Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees (SWR). Julie was keen to get involved with SWR, and had an great amount of compassion for those in need. She helped us enormously in many …


Caroline B

Dear Julie, you carried the burdens of others and had a caring heart for all in need. Now you are ‘with Christ which is far better’. We grieve with heavy hearts yet give truly grateful thanks for all you have contributed over so many years …



Julie was one of the most caring , kind and thoughtful person I had ever met , she really did help everybody and bring a smile and laughter  to everybody she met , sending my love and hugs to her family ❤️ I hope she knew how much she impacted others and how truly …


Gail Grieves

What a loss. Such a kind and supportive lady. Supported me in my role at HiTB for the 4 years I managed the youth cafe. I shall miss her warmth and empathy. RIP Julie. Thoughts with all her family who she was so proud of.x …


Pippa H

Julie, you have been an inspiration to so many people. My mum cherised your friendship and kindness, and I was lucky enough to get to know you better by working with you at SAYT. I’ll never forget your warmth and quirky character. You cared so much about everyone you came into contact with and …


Susie Bratby

Julie was so supportive, caring and thoughtful during difficult times. She gave me a pencil case made out of old tyres to encourage me to stay strong and be a tough cookie! She will be missed by so many. It was such a joy to serve with her on the youth bus for SAYT. …


Peter A

Dear Julie – Thank you for everything you did to support and encourage me both as a Christian and a supporter of SAYT. You set a brilliant example at all times and to all age groups. The SAYT team prayer and update meetings were always fun and very positive. Your support for my events …

Peter Ashwell

Lynn & Ian Manktelow

We are so grateful to God for the gift that Julie was – for her caring nature, for her desire to help those less fortunate in society, for the way she so generously gave of herself to inspire others and for her beautiful smile.  We fondly remember our time with her at Exeter University …


Bex Jignasu

I knew Julie through SAYT’s partnership with Scripture Union. It was lovely to see her enthusiasm and heart for young people. It was a privilege to know her in some small way. I pray for Julie’s friends and family at this time that they will feel God’s comfort and peace. …


Julia Doxat-Purser

Julie was a special friend ever since we were at school together. When we were 13, it was she that invited me to church for the 1st time, leading me to understanding the Good News of Jesus and choosing to follow Him. It was she who always blessed me with her combination of warmth, …


Heather Styles

My heart goes out to all those who are missing Julie. I did not know her well, but I have been touched by her warmth and compassion – including as a volunteer with Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees. May she rest in peace.  …



Julie had a heart of gold, I met her at North West Kent college and she helped me so much thank you so much for all the love and support you gave me ❤ Rest in Paradise will miss you so much ❤  …


Layla Perrin

I met Julie at the local park in Kemsing every thursday with the SAYT Team. It was something I looked forward to especially if I had had a bad day. Julie was really kind to me, I appreciated that so much. I hope she knew the amazing impact she had on so many young …


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