Talented students with a whole range of aspirations for the future have been given a boost to their ambitions.
A total of 36 students at Ferndown Upper School (FUS) have received awards - ranging from a bursary of £160 to fund piano lessons, up to scholarships of £1800 - from the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF).
Among the award winners was Shola Pitman who impressed the trustees with her determination to raise enough money to go on a trip to Thailand to volunteer at an animal sanctuary. She is working hard to raise the remaining money herself by organising a disco using local DJs.
Charlotte Harvey and Alice Billington, both sixth formers at FUS, decided to do something that would ‘take them out of their comfort zone’ and so they are off to India to volunteer with a charity.
James Hazel seems to be turning his home into a recording studio. James, a talented songwriter was successful with his bid to fund more equipment.
A group award was also presented to three young women from Ferndown Netball Club who needed new kit.
Over £15,000 was awarded to the FUS students, which takes the total awards made since 2008 to £260,000. These awards have supported the ambitions of more than 600 young people from 16 local youth organisations.
The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) was established in 2008 to honour the memory of John Thornton, a young Royal Marines Officer from Ferndown who was tragically killed, at the age of 22, whilst serving in Afghanistan. He attended Ferndown Upper School.