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Basketball student JD gives Hope through charity work

Tuesday 5 Jun 2018

A Myerscough College basketball student has been praised for her charity work.

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Jadzea Quinn is involved as a volunteer with the charity HOPE, who helps people touched by trauma. They’re a peer support network for people who have lost loved ones in fires, road traffic collisions or other tragedies, and have been operating since 2006. HOPE, which is based in Sheffield, operates across South Yorkshire and also within specific local communities to help raise the road safety message and to deliver home fire safety checks.

Last year HOPE won a Duke of York Community Initiative Award, a Royal Award presented to community projects based in Yorkshire. 18-year-old Jadzea (JD) went to St James's Palace to meet The Duke of York, chatting to him about her involvement in the charity and what she'd achieved. 

The organisation also recently achieved charitable status and it launched the latest chapter of its story in front of volunteers, beneficiaries and dignitaries including HM Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and all four South Yorkshire Mayors, at an event at Riverside House, in Sheffield. During the event JD was able to take the opportunity to address the guests in the room to spread the word of the charity’s work.

HOPE Charity, which is supported by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, now wants to put its skills towards helping to prevent emergency incidents from happening in the first place. It has already been commissioned to deliver road safety education packages to schools by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and its volunteers are beginning to carry out home safety checks on behalf of the fire service.

To find out more about the charity, click here       

JD is part of the inaugural female basketball programme, which began its programme in September, 2016. This summer she is due to complete a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Basketball Studies.

To find out more about basketball study programmes available at Myerscough College, click here 

by Dave Salmon