Dreams have been turned into reality for dozens of youngsters thanks to The Gazette’s £10,000 Community Giveaway.
Having seen how youth groups benefited from grants donated through last year’s giveaway, this week we take a look at how the cash has changed individuals’ lives.
For the third year, The Gazette has teamed up with the Swallowdale Children’s Trust in a bid to help deserving young people.
The trust was set up in 1894 and has helped youngsters pursue their dreams – from educational trips to developing musical talents.
Patrick Chow, 16, from South Shore, enjoyed a two-week school trip of a lifetime to Nepal thanks to a £500 grant.
The Highfield Humanities College pupil was involved in re-furbishing classrooms at aNepalese school and also taught the pupils some basic English.
Patrick’s mum Fiona said: “He had a fantastic time – it was life-changing.
“They had to raise so much money so he was bag packing and washing people’s cars.
“The Swallowdale money really helped; it’s fantastic to have a charity like it around.
“There were about 16 children who went from Highfield. They worked in a school, refurbished rooms and built a library.
“It made a huge difference to him; he realised how fortunate he is in this country.
“He matured a lot and learnt about the different lifestyle over there, such as not always having fresh water.”
Groups and individuals under the age of 25 are encouraged to apply for the cash giveaway before Friday, April 24.
Snowboarder Bradley Gaulter, 17, from Preesall, was awarded £750 from last year’s giveaway to help fund his coaching as he pursues his dream to compete at Olympic level.
Bradley, who is in the GB junior elite snowboard cross team, said: “I have been snowboarding since I was 12.
“I train as much as possible to fulfil my true potential.”
And music maestro Brioni Crowe, 11, from Wharles, near Kirkham, has been given a place in the National Wind Sinfonia of Great Britain and will be playing her flute at The Proms in London this summer. She was handed £100 last year to help with the costs of travelling to London for training and performances.