Talented young people from Thornaby were given a head start with their university careers after they were kitted out with personal computers
Six students have been awarded laptops through a bursary set up in memory of Alan Robson, who helped to established Five Lamps and who sadly passed away aged 61 last year.
The bursary aims to help teenagers from Thornaby who were about to embark on a university degree. The successful students were Abby Smith, 19, who is going to Sheffield Hallam to study physical education and youth sport, Dannielle Robinson, who is off to Leeds Metropolitan to read criminology, Laura Manser, 18, who is going to Northumbria to study fashion marketing, Sophie Ashton, 18 who will read maths and French at Newcastle University, Lukas Jaskowiec, who is studying electronic engineering and nanotechnology, and Andrew Robson, who is going to York St John University to read English literature and creative writing.
Terry Murphy, chairman of Five Lamps, said:
“Five Lamps is committed to educational attainment as a path to life long skills and learning and out of respect to Alan we decided to establish a bursary to help some of Thornaby’s kids who are starting their journey to go to university”
Alan set up Five Lamps 25 years ago; under its former name Impasse, working with churches in Thornaby, to help the unemployed. Five Lamps has since broadened its remit so it now works to help people overcome social exclusion and help them achieve their best.
Alan, a father of six from Thornaby, had been chronically ill for two years before he died suddenly of a heart attack.
His wife Joan presented the laptops and sat on the interview panel to decide on the awards. She said he would have been amazed to have seen the bursary set up in his name to help the students.
“It’s just mind blowing and I was so moved when I heard. He was enthusiastic about youngsters getting help like this.”