THF Bursaries awarded

Trustees of THF have approved 11 new bursaries so far this year, totalling over £3000, to young people in Teignbridge with talents and ambitions in the arts but whose families lack the financial means to help them pursue their dreams. 

Youngsters aged between 7-19 and with long-term residency in Teignbridge may apply. Those seeking bursaries complete application forms that need to be endorsed by an adult professional such as a teacher, youth leader, or drama director.

Trustees evaluate the eligibility of the application and, if approved, see the young person with a parent or carer and verify the family’s financial eligibility.

Kelis Rabley One of this year’s applicants is Kelis Rabley who was selected to represent Great Britain at the Dance World Cup in Portugal at the end of June. Kelis is in 4 groups this year, 3 ballet pointe groups and a song and dance group (Half-a-Sixpence).

Her mother writes: “This will be Kelis's last year doing the Dance World Cup as next year she has successfully auditioned to be part of a team of dancers going to LA which we will give you more details of nearer the time.”

Lydia Kelly

Lydia received a THF bursary to help support her Foundation year at KEVICC in Totnes and is now on her way to the prestigious London College of Fashion.

Students at KEVICC recently held their Final Show and THF Trustees Annie and Roger Kirk went along to see Lydia’s work. And it was mighty impressive!  

It was also terrific to see Lydia’s elder sister Millie, who also received a THF bursary in 2012 to help her gain entry to KEVICC and who is now a successful artist in London.  

What a talented family!


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