On 11 June, a fund raising dinner took place at the Leicester Tigers Welford Road stadium, hosted by local solicitors Gateley in support of local charity the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust.
The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) is a charity set up in memory of Leicester teenager Joe Humphries, who was a victim of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), which is a group of lethal heart diseases which can cause sudden cardiac death in young people.
The dinner, which raised £6,000 for the young people’s awards scheme, was a result of generous donations, a raffle and a silent auction on the night. The money raised will be used to fund the Inspire Awards, a new scheme by the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust to help young people in Leicestershire achieve their ambitions.
A partner from Gateley, Simon Taylor said “the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust is an inspirational charity, and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to an awards scheme that will make such a big difference to young lives.”
The Inspire Awards encourages young people to apply for small grants of up to £500 and advice to help them develop their talents. Those aged 13-19 can apply, which is a great opportunity for youths all over the city. Young people are eligible for the grant if they are training for a competition in a sporting activity that is recognised by the Trust, or pursuing a project to benefit their local community. Young people will also be considered if looking to develop their talents as an artist or musician.
Joe’s father Steve Humphries who set up the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust said “the fund-raising dinner was a great success, and we’re so grateful to Gateley for supporting us in this way. This money will go a long way towards helping young people locally to fulfil their potential.” The trust also works to raise awareness of SADS and provides vital life-saving training for sports clubs, known as Joe’s Mini HeartStart 4 Sport scheme.
Young people will benefit from mentoring, contacts and specialist advice. The Trust will also encourage the sharing of knowledge and practical experience, applicants to develop their ideas. To sign up for the Inspire Awards go to www.jhmt.org.uk/inspire where you can now apply online!