Five Inspiring Young People are Latest in Line for Awards
Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2017
Inspire is run by the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT), a local charity which works to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of sudden heart deaths.
It was set up following the death of Rothley teenager Joe Humphries, who died of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) while out jogging near his home.
Inspire Awards help local young people to fulfill their ambitions – something young Joe was tragically not able to do.
Eighteen-year-old Megan Morrison, from Quorn, Leicestershire, will use her £200 Inspire grant to compete in swimming on an international stage. Among her accolades are winning gold for 200m breast-stroke at the UK school games and achieving qualifying times for the British championships every year since 2010. Her next goal is to try to qualify for selection to the next Commonwealth Games in Australia 2018.
Megan said: "The Inspire grant will help towards the cost of international meets. Each year the cost of swimming increases and I would not be able to pursue my dream without the help of grants such as these."
Katie Twelves, 18, from Stapleton, Leicestershire, has a real passion for tennis. "My highlight of 2016 was finishing second in the Leicestershire County Championships – and in 2017, I want to win it," she says. "This year, I'm going to La Manga in Spain to train at a performance academy. My £150 Inspire Award will benefit me so much as it will greatly help towards making sure I'm ready to compete at my very best."
Harry Redfern, 15, from Wigston, Leicester, is already an accomplished fundraiser, raising an amazing £2,000 on a recent 142-mile Coast to Coast cycle challenge. He donated £1,000 of this to Rainbows, and is putting £1,000 towards a trip to Tanzania which he has planned for the summer.
While in Tanzania, Harry will be taking part in voluntary work, building homes and schools for local communities. He'll also be helping with animal conservation work.
Harry's £250 Inspire award will go towards his Tanzanian trip. "I feel extremely proud to have been recognised for my work," he said. "I'm really enthusiastic about going out to help other communities and this grant will help me to hit my fundraising target."
Hannah Seager, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, is 15 and has loved running ever since primary school. She's previously won the secondary schools cross country league, and came third in the National English Championships, meaning she also got to represent England at an international level.
It hasn't all been plain sailing, though, and in 2015 Hannah suffered injuries which put her out of action for nine months. She's since recovered, and is currently battling to fully regain her form.
Hannah said: "Getting this £150 grant from Inspire will help me to achieve my aim of getting back into the top 10 in national competition. I'll use it to buy new footwear and clothing to help with my winter training."
Twenty-year-old Joel Birkett is an aspiring music producer and DJ from Leicester. He's released an album on popular web platform Bandcamp, and it's attracted the attention of Joe Muggs, a music journalist, who featured Joel's work as a recommended purchase.
His £150 Inspire award will go towards releasing the album on vinyl. "This is the next step to give me more credibility and take my work to the next level," he says.
Simon Taylor, Inspire lead for the JHMT, said: "We're delighted to be able to support these five young people. They all show enormous ambition, resourcefulness, determination and enthusiasm and we want to reward them for that.
"We wish them every success and look forward to hearing about their future achievements."