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 


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 for 2023 is now closed for entries.

The Christopher Salmon Foundation in partnership with Wirral Libraries and Wirral Poetry Festival would like to thank everyone who has taken part this year. 

We were delighted to have received over 500 fabulous entries and the extremely difficult task of choosing the 5 winning entries from the hundreds that entered has now taken place and we are delighted to announce that the winners are as follows:-  

Isabella McAdam - 7 & under (KS1)- Winner

Oliver Lynch – Age 7 & Under (KS1) - Highly Commended

Isla Pinchbeck Age 7 & under (KS1) - Highly Commended

Louie Ward - Age 8-11 (KS2) -Winner

Dillon Pinchbeck - Age 8-11 (KS2) - Highly Commended

Alfie Farrell – Age 8-11 (KS2) – Highly commended

Annalise Bovill – Age 8-11 (KS2) – Highly Commended


Henry Youdan- Age 11-13 (KS3) – Winner

Lula Spindler- Age 11-13 (KS3) - Highly commended

Jake Ure - Age 11-13 (KS3) - Highly commended

Melissa Martin – Age14-16 (KS4) – Winner

Charlie Killcross – Age 14-16 (KS4) Highly Commended

Daisy-May Brislen Age 14-16 (KS4) – Highly commended


Molly Nash – Age 16-19 - Winner

Charlie Davenport – Age 16-19 – Highly Commended

Tallulah Gustafsson- Green – Age 16-19 - Highly Commended 

The winners and those chosen as being highly commended entrants and their families will be invited to an awards evening which is being held on 07.07.23. The winners in all 5 age categories will be presented with their prize money and all the winners and highly commended entries will be given the opportunity to share their poems with those attending the event.

The competition for 2024 will be announced in Autumn 2023. 

Thank you once again for entering.