Dan Jackson is a year 9 student at a local secondary school. With the support of his parents he committed to a Camps International volunteering trip to Peru, taking place in 2018. To pay for the trip he set up a fundraising page and embarked on variety of fund raising projects including car washing, doing odd jobs locally and saving his earnings from refereeing (he is F.A. qualified and referees in a local football league). He first applied to another local educational Charity – Aldworth’s Educational Trust (who also supported Dan) – and they suggested he apply to the Queen Mary’s College Foundation charity.
Dan applied by email for an application form, which he duly completed. The Clerk to the Foundation was his contact and assisted in ensuring Dan and his parents provided the relevant information and documentation to best support his application. His application for funding towards his trip was presented to the Trustees at their January meeting and an award of £250.00 was made.
Dan and his parents have thanked the Foundation for their support and you can catch up with Dan’s progress on
Hayden Corby is a current student at the Vyne Community School in Basingstoke. He began attending a kickboxing class, under Steve O’Grady of Basingstoke Freestyle Kickboxing, adding Taekwondo to this discipline two years ago when he joined Bluewave Korean Martial Arts. He has since been selected to join the prestigious GB Taekwondo Academy Fighting Chance (13 to 18 Development Programme).
This programme is for young Taekwondo athletes seen as having the potential to become part of the squad for either the 2024 or 2028 Olympics and Hayden was only one of 12 boys in the country to be selected. Athletes who are successful in developing their skills are expected to move into full-time training with the GB Academy at 16 or 18.
Hayden’s selection success was confirmed after completing the Stage One/Two trials, a weekend boot camp at the GB National Taekwondo Centre, and his Division win at the British Taekwondo National Championships back in September 2017. Hayden is now committed to alternate weekend training in both Manchester, at the GB Taekwondo National Training Centre, and Southampton with the GB talent club GTS. He will now be amongst those young athletes who are being considered to compete in the 2018 World Championships in Tunisia and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.
Sportswear, travel and accommodation for Hayden to undertake all of these commitments are proving costly. Hayden and his family have been fundraising and have applied for various grants to assist in sustaining Hayden’s training so that he may achieve his goal to represent his country at the Olympics.
He made an application to the Foundation in January 2018 and, following the Trustees meeting in April this year, was awarded a grant of £500.00. We wish him every success in his future endeavours.