Hi, my name is Freddie and I'm twelve years old. 12th August was my Dad's birthday. On 14th August this year, I'll be running a Mudder course with my friends- in his honour and to raise money for the charity in his name.
The work of the Andy Taylor Foundation was the idea of my Dad before he died. His aim was to try to get media jobs given out more fairly and available to everybody- "pushing social diversity in digital media"(as he explained it to me). He wanted to use his contacts to open doors to the UK’s best creative media companies, to talented youngsters who might otherwise be overlooked. Even after his horrible battle with a brain tumour got in the way, he used his last months to explain to my Mum, plus some work mates and friends, how to carry on his work. The charity in his name was formed just over a year after he died.
I am so proud that the Andy Taylor Foundation has already helped its first group of young people. There is a programme running in Greater Manchester as I type, with six young people currently being paid to train and work in some of the UK's best media companies. See https://sharpfutures.org.uk/the-andy-taylor-foundation/ I want to help more young people break into a world that should be open to everyone (not just people who can afford to take a free internship or people who know someone in media already).
My friends (Dylan, Gabriel, Howard, Hussain, Jensyn, Stanley, Thomas, Tristan and Zachary) and I have formed a team to raise money for this cause, which is obviously very important to me. In the midday sun, on 14 August, we'll all be taking on a one-mile, professionally organised, muddy obstacle course. We know we're going to get filthy dirty and that we'll have to work as a team to get round. The course features lots of obstacles including a mini Everest, a mini Mud Mile and the Secret Agent Squeeze! As the mud flies, I'll be thinking of my Dad. He'd have loved laughing at us trying this kind of thing. He'd have loved us raising money for this cause.
Please donate and help our team achieve our target of £1500. Anything you can contribute will be massively appreciated. It will help the Andy Taylor Foundation carry on my Dad's really important work.
Freddie and all the Mudders