Nine Fellowships awarded in the South of England
Published: 3 Mar 2015
To mark its 50th anniversary year as Sir Winston’s living legacy, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has just awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships. Nine of these grants, totalling £55,000, have been awarded to people in the South of England.
The nine Fellows will travel to 14 countries between them, across five continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of a Fellowship is six weeks.
This year’s Southern Fellows are:
- Shirley Gracias, from Devizes, who is a consultant psychiatrist. She will be travelling to North America and Australia to explore approaches to supporting troubled young men to become better partners and fathers.
- Helen Sanderson, a classical guitarist from Winchester, who will be travelling to Germany and the USA to visit leading guitar foundations. Her aim is to establish an online UK network and resource for guitar teachers.
- Seb Mayfield, a community food expert from Winchester, travelling to Canada to investigate how emergency food providers in Canada are going beyond the provision of food aid to create a more just food system.
- Clementine Nuttall, a sculptor and stonemason from Bramshott, who will be travelling to Japan to research Kintsugi, the Japanese mending art.
- Charles Collis, a violin maker and restorer from Salisbury, who will be travelling to Austria, France, Germany and Italy to explore the origins of the English school of violin making.
- Kieron Kirkland, a development research manager from Titchfield, who will be travelling to several countries in Africa, including Kenya and Nigeria. He aims to research innovative ways in which technology can solve social problems.
- Garry Botterill, a police sergeant from Portsmouth, who will be travelling to Canada and the USA to learn from organisations which use specially trained assistance dogs to support PTSD sufferers.
- Zoe Barber, a surgical registrar from Royal Wootton Bassett, who will be travelling to the USA to investigate Project Angel Food, which delivers nutritious meals to the critically ill in California.
- Ben Jones, who is a development professional from Chippenham in Wiltshire, and a diagnosed dyspraxic. He will be attempting the first recorded crossing of the entire length of Cuba by bicycle to prove that dyspraxia need not be a barrier to achievement.
Since its inception in February 1965, over 5,000 ordinary British men and women have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants. The ethos remains the same five decades on – for individuals to visit different parts of the world in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of social, environmental, medical and scientific issues, in order to bring back new approaches and innovative ideas to Britain, for the benefit of their local and regional communities, and, in many cases, the nation.
Before his death in 1965, Sir Winston was adamant that he did not wish to have another statue as his memorial, so he approved the setting up of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (www.wcmt.org.uk) as his national memorial and living legacy, for the benefit of future generations.
The Trust was founded on 1 February 1965, the day after Churchill's funeral; and just one week after his passing an Appeal was launched to the nation by Field Marshal Lord Alexander of Tunis. Millions of grateful British people willingly gave personal contributions to the newly created Trust. The nation raised an initial £2.8 million – a huge sum of approximately £48 million in today’s money, which remains the basis of the Trust’s finances today.
“Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose, and a commitment to help their fellow citizens” says Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Churchill Fellows are remarkable but essentially ordinary individuals. Aged 18 and over, they come from all walks of life (no qualifications are required in order to apply, but you must be a British citizen). Their common denominator is their dedication to solving often complex problems facing their communities.
“Churchill understood the power of potential. Inspiring millions around the world during his lifetime, Sir Winston believed and proved that, with the right support, ordinary men and women could achieve extraordinary feats – and that their success and knowledge sharing would inspire and drive others in turn”, explains Sir Richard Vickers, Director General of the Winston Memorial Trust, who served from 1983-1993.
Notes to Editors:
In total 150 Fellowships have been awarded across the UK in 2015, an investment of over £1.34 million in British citizens. The Fellows will be travelling to 58 countries between them, across 6 continents. The categories for the 2016 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships will be announced on 6th May 2015. See www.wcmt.org.uk for more details.
Annual categories represent current areas of concern in the UK, as well as Churchill’s areas of interest, such as penal reform, travel, the crafts and communities.
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‘Churchill 2015’ is a unique international celebration of the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, fifty years after his death. Churchill-related activity will take place around the world to commemorate his achievements, to highlight his vibrant existing legacy, to promote a range of educational opportunities and to bring his life and work to new audiences. Churchill 2015 follows three main themes: Commemoration, to mark this important anniversary appropriately; Education, to engage and inspire future generations; and Legacy, to highlight, develop and enhance the existing work of Churchill organisations in delivering programmes focusing on leadership, debate and public speaking. Churchill 2015 is being led by an alliance of those charities and institutions with an interest in the life or legacy of Sir Winston. For a list of partners and a first glimpse of some of the planned activities (there are more to be announced) see www.churchillcentral.com.
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