Thousands of pounds given to deserving projects in memory of murdered Leeds teacher Ann Maguire

Ann Maguire.
Ann Maguire.

Good causes across Leeds are continuing to benefit from the legacy of much-missed schoolteacher Ann Maguire.

Nearly £18,000 is being distributed in the latest round of grants and bursaries by the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund, set up following the teacher’s murder four years ago. Grant recipients include:

* Black Health Initiative, which will help young people develop their songwriting and singing talents with a project called #Unsigned;

* Invizible Circle Education, which is planning a live mixed art public performance designed to offer pathways into the creative industries;

* St Mary’s Youth Theatre, which is hosting dance, singing and drama workshops for local children.

The other grant recipients are First Story, Elland Silver Youth Band, Garforth Brass Band, Heads Together Productions, Hunslet Club, Opera North and Leeds College of Music’s Saturday Music School.

Seven bursaries have been awarded to help individuals aged under 18 buy dance equipment and attend music classes.

Mrs Maguire’s daughter, Emma, said: “I wish to thank all those who took the time to apply to the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund this year.

“We have received many deserving applications and the quality and variety of projects was simply amazing.

“My mum’s legacy lives on through the young people and projects that we have had the privilege to support over these past four years and it has been an honour to see the positive effect on young people’s development through arts education that has ensued.”

Kate Hainsworth, chief executive of the Leeds Community Foundation, the charity that manages the fund, said: “These grants not only allow individuals to follow their dreams but enable projects to create opportunities for a range of young people that wouldn’t normally have the chance to get involved with the arts.”

Mrs Maguire, 61, from Moortown, was stabbed by a pupil during a lesson at Halton Moor’s Corpus Christi Catholic College in April 2014.

The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund reopens for applications in December.