[D]ame Kelly Holmes Trust has announced that it will support 900 young people facing disadvantage in Cumbria over the next four years through its transformational mentoring programmes led by world class athletes.
The charity – founded in 2008 by Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes – empowers young people to realise the attitudes needed to live a positive life and develops the skills required to exit into sport, training, education, volunteering and employment.
Last year, after eight months of starting its flagship Get on Track programme 72% of participants had entered employment, education or training and a further 81% felt more connected to their local community.
Speaking about the announcement, Double Olympic Gold Medallist Kelly Holmes, said: “I’m delighted that we’re going to continue expanding our high impact programmes across the North West of England and transform the lives of young people in Cumbria who need our support most.
“I’ve seen over the past eight years the truly transformational impact that these programmes have on young lives and I’m really excited that more young people than ever before will benefit from our incredible athlete mentors.”
Record breaking GB marathon runner and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete mentor, Amy Hughes added: “I think there’s a lot of issues for young people but mainly that they don’t have that support or anyone that they can talk to and that’s where the Trust come in and are a lifeline.
“I really enjoy being an athlete mentor and having the opportunity to provide local young people facing disadvantage with a fresh start and to help them build their confidence and motivation to achieve their dreams.”
GB champion Skateboarder and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete mentor, Neil Danns, added: “As an athlete mentor you get to see and work with young people from all walks of life who are facing some sort of disadvantage in their lives and the positive impact that can be made is something exceptional to see.
“The fact that we are aiming to support so many young people over the next four years in Cumbria and the rest the North West fills me with pride and passion: we can make a difference in the region.
“The programmes that I’ve been involved in always bring out exceptional results with the young people and to see them grow and prosper over the time we work with them is incredibly rewarding, that’s why I love what I do.”
Emma Atkins, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “Today’s announcement is tremendous news for young people across the North West of England. Our athlete mentors have demonstrated time and time again their ability to transform a young person’s life and deliver a lasting legacy to local communities.
“We look forward to working with new and existing local delivery partners to significantly increase our impact in the area.”
For more information visit www.damekellyholmestrust.org.