The Realise Foundation Fund is a dual purpose endowment fund; one part focussing on building up a lasting endowment in order to facilitate the second part, the distribution of grants. The primary focus of the Realise Foundation Fund is to help people in further and higher education who are at risk of having to give up their studies due to financial hardship.
The fund was started in Summer 2009 and immediately opened for applications. From accepting applications for one meeting a year, it was quickly decided to open up a second round, so that the fund can target students and help when it is most needed – at the beginning of the academic year and at the beginning of the summer term, post Easter.
Pictured at the awards presentation of the first round of
Realise Foundation – Supporting Lifelong Learning
awards are, (Left to Right);
David Riley, (Award Recipient), TJ Riley, (David’s Son), Jean Gibson, (Trustee of the Staffordshire Community Foundation and Chair of the Grants Sub Committee), Will Nixon, (Realise Foundation, Executive Director), Michelle Rogers, (Award Recipient), Louise Purkiss, (Award Recipient), Nopphawan Malton, (Award Recipient), Sinead Butters, (Realise Foundation Executive Director) & David Matthews, (Newcastle Under Lyme College)
The Jane Price Award was established by the Realise Foundation in 2012, and it’s first recipients announced at the Aspire Celebration Awards in May 2012.
The first two recipients of the Jane Price Award were Ian Marsden and Amy Truesdale, who received their presentation from Jonathan Wilkes, patron of the Realise Foundation in the presence of Jane’s husband and son, Alan & Elliott.
- Ian was an able bodied power lifter and was British, European and World champion who broke 3 world records, but after a sporting accident Ian was left paralysed. Not wanting to give up his sporting aims Ian moved into hand cycling and became the most successful man in UK hand cycling, racing for Britain and a pro team.
- 8 years after he started hand cycling Ian received a neck injury, which resulted in him having his neck rebuilt. At the same time Ian was also diagnosed with a motor-neurone type disease, affecting his whole body.
- Ian didn’t give up and whilst he was in hospital he contacted the British Shooting and less than 12 months later was a member of the team and within 18 months had won his first international medals, with Silver and Bronze at the World cup in Turkey.
- Around the same time Ian was talent spotted for sprint kayaking and managed to break the British record in just 11 weeks.
- Ian received help towards the cost of a specially adapted kayak.
Amy is from Shropshire, but is currently training in Stoke on Trent under Master Peter Johnson. She started Taekwondo following a suggestion from her parents, who felt it was essential to keep fit, as well as offering some self defence instruction in order to protect herself.
Taekwondo championships for people with a disability are now in their third year, and there are hopes that it will be included as a Paralympic discipline at the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Amy received funding to help to pay for travel and accommodation costs, allowing her to compete at the next World Championships in Aruba.