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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I only met Julie once at a soup lunch at my church, St. Barts Otford, when she spoke to us about SAYT and her involvement in it. Her enthusiasm and total commitment to her young people shone through and my feeling was – thank God for people like Julie and her like, and because …

Maia Bashford

Thank you for everything you did for us at youth alpha lovely lady. God bless you, we will all miss you greatly ❤️ …

Diane Cuff

Dear Julie  I only knew you for such a short time through from our online daily prayer vigil. Your honesty, encouragement and strong faith inspired me in so many ways.  You had such a big heart for young people and Gods creation which shone through in all you said and did. Your legacy will …

Isobel White

When through one person a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth come into the world, that person’s life has had meaning. We give thanks to the Lord for every remembrance of Julie, for the friendship and peace she brought, and for the love she held in her heart. Lord, …


Julie was a kind, supportive school friend and I see from all the messages here how her kindness and support have helped so many others. She gave so much and made a huge difference. …

Sally Higham

I wish I had  had the opportunity to thank you again for the love and kindness you have showed me for these past 25 years. I hope you knew in your heart how much you were loved and i know that you left believing that you were setting those you loved free. You were …

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 …