Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Otley: National grant scheme established in name of cystic fibrosis sufferer

10:15 30 July 2014

A new grant giving scheme has been established in memory of cystic fibrosis sufferer Helen Barrett, from Otley

A new grant giving scheme has been established in memory of cystic fibrosis sufferer Helen Barrett, from Otley

Archant

A national award scheme has been launched in memory of a Suffolk-born woman whose “tenacity and perseverance” defied the disease she lived with for almost 30 years.

shares

Helen Barrett, who was born and brought up in Otley, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was just three years old.

Doctors thought she would not see her teenage years, but Helen grew up determined to realise her dreams in spite of the disease, setting up home with her boyfriend and running a successful gym, as well as travelling the world.

Helen, who went to Otley Primary School and Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge, died needing a lung transplant a week before her 32nd birthday in October 2010, but her legacy has now been honoured with an award for young sufferers keen to follow her example.

The Helen Barrett Young Entrepreneurs Award scheme, launched by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, will offer financial awards and mentoring to people aged 18-32 who live with the condition, which affects the lungs and digestive system by clogging them up with mucus.

Helen’s father, Tony, a retired BT manager who lives in Otley, said: “It took years of tenacity and perseverance to get their gym established but eventually, thanks to a lot of help along the way, Helen created a successful business.

“Thanks to my daughter’s efforts, the business continues to thrive and is a lasting memorial today. She would have been delighted that there is now a chance for other people with cystic fibrosis to experience the excitement of starting their own business.”

The scheme will give grants of £500 to £2,000 to winning entrants. It will run in partnership with training company A4e, which will provide a business advisors and mentors, and also give winners access to employment and training services.

Kieran Cornwall, senior strategic partnerships manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust said the scheme was a chance to offer young sufferers help on their first steps towards success.

“We are really proud to support this exciting new award with backing from A4e,” he said.

“It is a fitting tribute to Helen Barrett, who had cystic fibrosis and set up her own successful business.

“We hope that we can help mentor and support many young people living with cystic fibrosis so, in turn, they can further their own goals by running their own business.

“We hope to discover the next Rob Law – the inventor of the children’s ‘Trunki’ suitcases who happens to have cystic fibrosis.

“This awards programme is supporting other would-be entrepreneurs who have the potential to take the business world by storm.”

Aaron Aby, 24, a performance coach from Wrexham, is supporting the awards scheme.

Mr Aby, who has been running his own business for three years, said: “Anyone with cystic fibrosis who has a business idea they want to take forward should grasp this opportunity.

“I know from experience setting up a business is not easy – it takes hard work and determination.

“This awards scheme can give that extra boost to make that process easier.”

For details on how to apply for the scheme, visit cysticfibrosis.org.uk/entrepreneurs.

Applications close on Monday, September 8.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Should cyclists be allowed to go through red traffic lights when it is safe?

A cyclist rode through a red light and turned left while I was walking the dog this week. It was 6.20am, there was no other traffic so no risk but, officially, the cyclist had broken the law.

Once upon a time, shopping was my therapy, writes mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Blue Crater Lake

If you love Lakes and Mountains holidays then you will adore the Azores. But why? asks Andrea Powell.

The A11 at Elveden.

An air ambulance landed on the A11 at Elveden this afternoon to help a woman who was involved in a car crash.

Braintree Town have secured a place in the National League play-offs

Braintree Town set-up a two-legged National League play-off semi –final with Grimsby following their 3-0 win over Altrincham, a result which also relegated the visitors.

Halifax Town v Braintree Town - Kenny Davis

Braintree Town take on Altrincham, needing just a point to secure a place in the National League play-offs.

Waterloo Road in Ipswich.

Police helped control traffic as firefighters extinguished a car blaze.

Stock picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fire engines.

Firefighters helped free a man who was trapped in his car after it collided with a tree.

Malcolm Metcalf at the Old Cattle Market bus station in Ipswich.

An 82-year-old man who set himself the challenge of travelling around England on his bus pass has made his stop in Ipswich.

Match Centre

Live match updates from Ipswich Town’s final home game of the season, against Milton Keynes Dons.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24