Some Case Studies
The Mark Marshall Youth Fund has given many grants for various different activities. It’s important that the activity we give grants for are constructive and challenging. Here you’ll find a few examples of young people who have been supported by the fund.
Carrie was beginning to play the saxophone. She borrowed an instrument from school, but it was a bit battered, so she really wanted to get her own. With financial help from the MMYF she could rent and then buy her own saxophone and develop her skills to the full.
Connor and his mates wanted to spend time away from their estate and in the countryside of East Devon. They had gathered together some camping kit – some old sleeping bags, rucksacks, metal cooking equipment and such – but they needed a decent tent big enough to take three. The MMYF agreed to purchase a new stylish tent and the lads were able to enjoy weekends away at minimal cost.
Tim was already a talented tennis player and on the Lawn Tennis Association’s list of young players with potential. He played regularly and received coaching. But when his Dad had to stop work there wasn’t enough money to continue the coaching. His play was beginning to suffer. The MMYF paid for his coaching for the tennis season and he is already improving.
Maria and Courtney were both pretty hopeless at swimming. They wanted to improve so that they could join friends at the local pool or on the beach. They thought that some secret swimming lessons might get them into the water and raise their confidence. The MMYF helped them find a swimming tutor and paid for their lessons.
Joe often went fishing with his friend and his friend’s Dad. He had to share their fishing gear, but he was beginning to do well at fishing and really wanted his own gear. The MMYF bought him his own fishing kit so that he could develop his technique and go on his own if he wished.
Sam admitted he was scared of heights. He wanted to face his fear by doing the Go Ape! Challenge in the Haldon Hills. He even thought of raising sponsorship for another local charity, so that if he bottled out he’d have to face his sponsors. With the help of the MMYF, who paid for his session with Go Ape!, he met the challenge, completed the course and raised money for his favourite charity.
Ben didn’t much like school, except for French. He was really keen on it and doing well. He wanted to join the school trip to France, which would give him a chance to speak French and improve his conversation. But the family finances wouldn’t stretch to paying for the whole trip. The MMYF agreed to contribute towards the cost of the trip – and Ben improved both his French and his confidence.
Carol had had a difficult time at home and was struggling to keep positive and happy. She needed something different and rewarding to keep her on track. She had often passed a riding school on her way home and really wanted to have a go at horse-riding. With the help of the MMYF she started some riding lessons and has found a happy and satisfying interest away from home.
Bradley had outgrown his bike and his family could not afford to replace it with a bigger one. He needed transport for his part-time job and to get to college, but he also wanted to get out and about away from home. The MMYF agreed to pay something towards a new bike, whilst Bradley paid the rest from his earnings.