Olivia Burt’s Charity, Olivia Inspires awards over £26,000

This news item was published on: Friday, February 5, 2021

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A New Forest charity set up just over a year ago, following the tragic death of Milford on Sea student, Olivia Burt has been helping some of the most vulnerable young people in the New Forest district during the pandemic.

Olivia Inspires has awarded grants totalling over £26,000 to help young people to develop their potential at a time when, in many cases their education is falling behind where it should be and there has been a worrying decline in young people’s engagement in sport and physical activity.

Olivia Inspires recently provided £4,000 of funding to support pupils at Hounsdown School in Totton. Assistant Headteacher Kirsty Hibberd was delighted, saying: “The donation from Olivia Inspires has made a huge difference to some of our most vulnerable young people at Hounsdown School. It has enabled us to provide online tuition for these students from excellent Maths specialists.

The students have been attending weekly online sessions in small groups and the feedback from parents and carers has proved that the intervention has been hugely beneficial.

Not only have the students been engaging in lessons but most importantly, many of the students have new found confidence in their ability and their passion for learning has been ignited.

“We are incredibly grateful for the donation and I know the students are too. Olivia Inspires – you have really made a difference to the young people at our school.”

This follows on from funding awarded to every secondary school in the New Forest district during the first lockdown.

Olivia Inspires has also been supporting individual applicants.

The most recent was a young lady who asked Olivia Inspires for help to buy a camera for her photography GCSE studies.

The charity was very happy to be able to help and she is delighted with the camera. She said: “Thank you so much for awarding me a camera. It is amazing and I am very grateful to you for choosing me. I am so pleased with it.

I am lucky enough to live in a lovely village and will enjoy using the camera to take some beautiful pictures of our surroundings.

Hopefully we’ll be back at school soon so that it can help with my GCSE photography course. I am also hoping to take photography at A-Level in September.”

Olivia’s father and founder of the charity, Nigel Burt said: “We know that many young people are finding things difficult at the moment and we are delighted that through Olivia Inspires we have been able to help.

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We would like to get the message out that we are here to support young people who need a helping hand in achieving their dreams and I would encourage them to apply.”

Like many charities the past few months have been difficult for us.

We certainly weren’t expecting a global pandemic when we set up Olivia Inspires just over a year ago.

We have had to cancel a number of planned fundraising events, so we’re particularly grateful to the people who have supported us with donations, from our County Councillors to individuals who have heard about the charity and just want to help.

We’ve also had great support, including from Sir Ben Ainslie and his INEOS Team UK sailing in the America’s Cup who has donated an amazing selection of team clothing.

This will be auctioned online over the weeks leading up to the Americas Cup final in March.

To find out more, make an application for support or donate to the charity please visit www.oliviainspires.org.uk

You can follow Olivia Inspires on Facebook @oliviainspires or Twitter @olivia_inspires.