Awards in memory of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire

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  • More than £10,000 being given to community projects and individuals
  • Fund was set up by family of Ann Maguire following her murder
  • Grant application process is due to reopen later this year
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Charity bosses have announced the first round of beneficiaries from the fund set up in memory of much-missed Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

More than £10,000 is initially being distributed to city community projects and individuals by the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund.

We hope that the grants will not only allow individuals to follow their dreams but create new and exciting opportunities for a range of young people to get involved with the arts.

East Street Arts, Heads Together and St Mary’s Youth Theatre are among the projects receiving grants.

Another beneficiary is SNAPS, which will use its money to continue Saturday dance classes for youngsters with special needs.

Youth Theatres Leeds, meanwhile, is staging a summer production at the Howard Assembly Rooms thanks to the support of the fund.

Individuals aged under 18 awarded bursaries include a self-taught breakdancer who will now have the opportunity to attend dance studios in London.

The fund was established by the Maguire family to help young people across Leeds fulfil their potential in areas such as drama and singing.

Mrs Maguire’s daughter, Kerry, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people not only in Leeds but across the UK who have supported the fund.

“We hope that the grants will not only allow individuals to follow their dreams but create new and exciting opportunities for a range of young people to get involved with the arts.”

Managed by the Leeds Community Foundation charity, the fund will reopen for further applications later this year.

Details will be posted on the www.leedscf.org.uk website.

Mrs Maguire, 61, from Moortown, was fatally stabbed by pupil Will Cornick as she taught a lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor last April. Cornick was sentenced to life in November.

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