Olivia Inspires

Thursday 3 October sees the launch of a charity to allow the spirit of Olivia Burt to live on. Find out more about Olivia and Olivia Inspires below.

At the charity launch there will be a fundraising auction – and bids are welcome from everyone on one of the Lots! Salterns Sailing Club members and parents may well be very interested in a day on the water coached by two Olympic legends, Penny Clark and Ali Young. Win this amazing prize for your sailor, or why not join forces for a group of up to 8 sailors? Find out more here:

If you would like to make an offer for this amazing prize email [email protected] before 12:00 on Thursday 3 October 2019.

About Olivia

Olivia was a gifted and beautiful young woman who inspired others. Only 20 years old, she was killed in February 2018 in a horrendous incident at Durham, where she was a first-year student studying natural sciences.

Olivia lived most of her 20 years in the New Forest, in the village of Milford on Sea. She achieved many things in her short life and always tried to be the best that she could be in everything she did.

Olivia started sailing Optimists at Salterns Sailing Club when she was 5 years old, moving into Lasers, 4.7s and Radials. She sailed internationally in GBR teams in all of these classes. As a gifted pupil at Bournemouth School for Girls, she was fully involved in her school community leading to her being chosen as Head Girl. She did all of this and much more with an infectious smile and a willingness to help others.

She was just embarking on a journey that would have doubtless seen her leaving a lasting mark on our world. But more than this, everyone who knew Olivia remembers her smile and her kindness, and how she would go out of her way to help people.

Olivia has been taken from us, but Olivia Inspires aims to allow her spirit to live on by helping young people in her home, the New Forest to realise their potential.

Olivia Inspires

Olivia Inspires will help children and young people aged 11 to 18 years, whose families live in the New Forest District Council area and who are facing financial hardship. Grants of normally no more than £500, will be awarded for items or services which enable them to develop their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and sport. Find out more here: https://www.oliviainspires.org.uk/

There is now a Facebook page for Olivia Inspires and after only a few days Mr and Mrs Burt are delighted to have more than 400 followers. Please have a look, Like and Share: https://www.facebook.com/oliviainspires