Celebration at the House of Lords

The success of over 69 students who have been supported by the Helena Kennedy Foundation to overcome a variety of obstacles was celebrated at the House of Lords on Tuesday 21st March 2017.
The House of Lords celebration brought together students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have progressed from FE colleges from as far afield as Wales and up into higher education. The event was supported by City and Guilds.
Each student selected by the Helena Kennedy Foundation received a bursary of £1500 to help cover the costs of university study, as well as on-going guidance and training from the Foundation. 
The Helena Kennedy Foundation was set up in Baroness Kennedy’s name over 15 years ago to take forward the findings of her seminal ‘Learning Works’ report. Speaking at the event, Baroness Kennedy said: " The awards exhibit the great personal accomplishments of people exemplified by the fact that they have faced great adversities but have persevered with their education to transform their situation."
Dr Ann Limb, Founder of the Charity in 1998, and chair of trustees, said: “Our relationships with colleges, universities and other businesses across the UK has enabled us to invest more in talented, disadvantaged people in the adult education sector. It is a great honour to work with such inspirational people and to support the education of individuals from across the country. We are also extremely grateful to City & Guilds, who have provided continued support to our beneficiaries and our annual awards ceremony”.
Kirstie Donnelly, Managing Director for City and Guilds stated “City and Guilds wholeheartedly supports the work of the Helen Kennedy Foundation and the great work it does in helping people who might ordinarily not have the chance to go into learning have the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations. The award winners of the HKF are a true inspiration and represent all that is great and good about people who are determined to fulfil their aspirations despite the barriers they have faced and the fact that there are organisations such as HKF to support them is essential. “

Notes to editors

1. The Helena Kennedy Foundation was founded in 1998 by Dr Ann Limb to take forward recommendations from ‘Learning Works’, the report by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the President of the Foundation. The charity, based near Old Street in London, provides bursaries, mentoring and work placements to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to progress from Further Education colleges into higher education.

2. About City and Guilds – www.cityandguilds.com
• City & Guilds is a UK leader in skills development. Its purpose is to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth 
• Approximately 2 million people are currently working towards City & Guilds qualifications across 80 countries, which are offered in more than 20 sectors
• Backed by a Royal Charter, City & Guilds has almost 140 years’ experience in making sure that people are prepared to contribute to successful businesses and thriving economies
• For more information about the City & Guilds Group, visit: www.cityandguilds.com

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