Olivia Inspires: the spirit of Milford on Sea's Olivia Burt will live on
A new charity to help young people in the New Forest who are facing financial hardship.
Olivia Inspires, an enchanting new charity in the New Forest that allows the spirit of Olivia Burt to live on, has been officially launched. Born out of tragedy, the charity will help young people in the New Forest District Council area who are facing financial hardship to develop their potential in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), the Arts and Sport.
Speaking at the official launch of the charity on Thursday 3 October, Olivia’s father, Nigel Burt, said: “We have been touched by people’s willingness to support Olivia Inspires. Perhaps this is because Olivia was so well known and loved by so many people; perhaps because of the awfulness of the tragedy that befell Olivia, and Paula and I as Olivia’s parents; perhaps because of the need for a charity like Olivia Inspires. Most likely it is for all of these reasons.”
Nigel went on to say: "The most important thing in life is to stop saying I wish and start saying I will."
Read on to find out more about Olivia, the charity and how to apply for support.
Olivia Burt was a gifted and beautiful young woman who inspired others. Only 20 years old, she was killed in February 2018 in a horrendous incident at Durham, where she was a first-year student studying natural sciences.
Olivia lived most of her 20 years in the New Forest, in the village of Milford on Sea. She achieved many things in her short life and always tried to be the best that she could be in everything she did.
Olivia started sailing Optimists at Salterns Sailing Club in Lymington when she was 5 years old, moving into Lasers, 4.7s and Radials. She sailed internationally in GBR teams in all of these classes. As a gifted pupil at Bournemouth School for Girls, she was fully involved in her school community leading to her being chosen as Head Girl. She did all of this and much more with an infectious smile and a willingness to help others.
She was just embarking on a journey that would have doubtless seen her leaving a lasting mark on our world. But more than this, everyone who knew Olivia remembers her smile and her kindness, and how she would go out of her way to help people.
Olivia has been taken from us, but Olivia Inspires aims to allow her spirit to live on by helping young people in her home, the New Forest to realise their potential.
Olivia Inspires will help children and young people aged 11 to 18 years, whose families live in the New Forest District Council area and who are facing financial hardship.
Grants of normally no more than £500, will be awarded for items or services which enable them to develop their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and sport.
A grant could be used, for example, to purchase new sports equipment; to take music lessons; to pay for sports coaching; to go on an academic field trip...
Applications for support are now open
There will be three application deadlines each year, the first will be 1 December 2019. Find here full details of how to apply for support: https://www.oliviainspires.org.uk/how-to-apply-for-an-olivia-inspires-grant/
More details about Olivia Inspires can be found here: https://www.oliviainspires.org.uk/
There is also a Facebook page for Olivia Inspires. Please have a look, Like and Share: https://www.facebook.com/oliviainspires