In memory of James Barney 1991 – 2008

About the James Barney Foundation

We support others on a global scale

Helping children all over the world

The James Barney Foundation is a Christian relief and development organisation that was established in the memory of James Anthony Barney after a tragic accident in February 2008.

James was born on the 7th of October 1991 and died on the 23rd of February 2008, aged 16. He is dearly missed by all those who knew him but far from forgotten.

James was a young boy with an amazing sense of homour and the ability to make people laugh at the drop of a hat. His personality was wild and James was always there to reassure others and make the best out of every situation. Known and recognised amongst his family and friends for his infamaous cheeky smile, which truely did light up the room and warm your heart.


This foundation was set up in James’ memory to help bring something positive from the devastating loss. James was such a loving person that would always put others before himself, he had a special presence and a gift that came from the heart.

 Although only 16 years old, still a child himself, James had a way with other children and was often found looking out for and entertaining them. This was part of the reason behind starting a foundation that listens to, supports and encourages young adults and children.


Four days after James died on the 27th of February 2008, the biggest earthquake for 250 years hit Nottinghamshire, James hometown, travelling all the way down to Southampton, his family town. His family believe this was a message from James, this was the miracle that gave us hope and allowed us to be strong enough to set up this foundation.