Rebekah Mary Cook

27 August 2010

A local young girl from Ushaw Moor has received a grant from the County Durham Community Foundation to give her the once in a life time opportunity to attend a summer school at the Royal Academy of Dance.

The Kingsley/Fujitsu Fund, donated £1,577 to Rebekah Mary Cook to help her meet the costs of the summer school. When Fujitsu closed down, the Kingsley/Fujitsu Fund was set up at County Durham Community Foundation. Kingsley Smith, the fund representative, who was Task Force Chairman for Fujitsu’s exit from County Durham, was delighted to help in fulfilling a dream for Rebekah. The fund is used to support young people and encourage them in the fields of health, sport, education, arts and economic development. Mr Smith said:

“Young people need all the help they can get making the most of their talents and fulfilling their dreams. I am delighted to help Rebekah develop her talents to reach her dreams.”

13 year old Rebekah took up dancing at the age of 12 and has developed to a really high standard in just one year. Rebekah has learning difficulties but in a year of dancing has progressed to the level of a 16 year old. Rebekah was invited to attend the summer school which is an excellent chance for her to develop her skills even further.

Rebekah’s mother has been totally supportive of her daughter’s passion for dance. She dedicates much of her time to help her daughter develop these new skills. The family are extremely grateful and happy to receive the grant.

“I’m thrilled Rebekah has been granted this wonderful opportunity to go to the Royal Academy of Dance. It is such a privilege for her to be invited and she is ecstatic that she is now able to go.”

County Durham Community Foundation promotes lasting charitable giving across County Durham and Darlington, by bringing together donors with their chosen causes, through well targeted grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. Last year alone, the Foundation gave out almost £2 million to grassroots-level community groups and individuals or families in need.