Emma died when a tree fell on her car on May 23 2011 when she was just 18. Her family and friends wanted to do something positive and created a fund to remember Emma and support young people in the performing arts. Sarah Heppell, one of Emma’s closest friends said: “To discover so many people want to remember Emma by supporting the fund is wonderful. And having a permanent way to make grants in Emma’s name is very special.”
The fund is an endowment, which means all money raised is invested through the Community Foundation and grants are made from the fund’s income. The fund will grow over time and continue making grants forever. In fifty years, young people in the Arts will still be receiving grants in Emma’s name – a fitting tribute.
How to apply
Grants are given to young people living in in Tyne, Wear and Northumberland, to support their pursuits in the performing arts. Groups can also apply to the fund if they are assisting young people to access performing arts opportunities.
How to give
The quickest and easiest way to get involved is to make a donation right now by clicking here. If you would like to organise an event in aid of the Emma Newton Fund then you can download a pack by visiting the fund website http://www.emmanewtonfund.com/.