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Caitlin's Kickstart Award Gives Students a Boost

Two deserving Ludlow College students have been given a £1000 boost to send them on their way to university this autumn.

Emily Newcombe and Katie Thomas, who will be leaving after their A Levels this summer, have been selected to receive the Caitlin's Kickstart Award, which means they will each get a grant to help with university fees.

Emily, 19, will be going to Leeds University to study food and nutrition, while Katie Thomas, 18, will be going to Coventry University to study journalism.

Ian Barge, a former teacher at Ludlow College who is involved with presenting the award, said, "Emily has shown tremendous reslilience and is highly motivated and a delightful student. Katie is academically very able and made it clear she would make very good use of her award. She did a brilliant digital presentation on her passion for journalism."

Caitlin's Kickstart is a charity set up in memory of a Ludlow College girl who tragically died before she had the chance to go on to study at degree level.

A National Youth Theatre student, Caitlin had planned to pursue a degree in performing arts at Manchester University but overdosed on medication in 1998, towards the end of her time at the College.

The awards were started in 2001 by Cailin's mother, Linda Hurcombe. Since its founding, the charity has donated a total of £35,000 to help Ludlow College students.


Our thanks to the Shropshire Journal for the photograph.

Date: 24/08/2016