THREE young South Yorkshire scholars are preparing to further their education – with the help of a legacy left by former prankster and television presenter Jeremy Beadle.
A charitable trust set up in Rotherham after the death of the one-time Beadle’s About star’s death in 2008 has been issuing bursaries ever since to people entering education from non-traditional backgrounds.
The Jeremy Beadle Morthyng Memorial Trust has handed out £3,000 in new grants to three people destined for university careers.
Jamie Lillie, aged 20, from Sheffield, will invest in a laptop, books and stationery for a course in Interdisciplinary Sciences at Leeds University.
Natasha Kitchen, 21, of Rawmarsh, has been awarded £1,000 for books, stationery and a laptop to help with a law criminology course at Staffordshire University.
And Connie Birks, 23, from Rockingham, Rotherham, will use her £1,000 to help with travel costs for a degree in Criminology and Forensic Investigation course at The University of Lincoln.
Ann Lawrence, Chair of Trustees at The Jeremy Beadle Morthyng Memorial Trust, said: “These are three young people who will no doubt do well in their chosen subjects.
“It is gratifying to know the fund set up in Jeremy’s name will assist them to reach their potential.”
The Jeremy Beadle Morthyng Memorial Trust reflects the interest Jeremy and his family showed in Rotherham where – for several years – he hosted charity quiz nights supported by Doctor In The House actor George Layton.
Quiz nights with George Layton are still held at The Carlton Park hotel in aid of the cause.