Recipients 2012-14

6th October 2014

Charlotte Gilersleeve has received further support as she begins her second year at Cambridge Bodyworks. Charlotte has achieved high outcomes in all areas of dance in a very productive and progressive first year. 

Open Water swimmer, Emily Walsh, has received support in her quest to qualify for the GB team next summer at the European Juniors.

Brad Westlake has received support that will go towards his travel and competition costs. Brad has recently moved into senior competition and is back competing with Lincoln Vulcans. The swimmer still has aspirations of competing in Rio in 2016.

Maya Westlake has also received support. Maya now swims with the City of Sheffield swim squad as well as LVSC and continues to set personal bests whilst moving up the rankings.

Swimmer, Lauren Freeman, has received support that will go towards her aim of competing in the National Youth Championships and British Championships in 2015.  

Lauren Freeman

Table Tennis ace, Nathan Butler, has received further sponsorship from Adam's foundation as he continues to progress at a high level of competition and in much higher age categories.

Nathan Butler

24th June 2014

11 year old Anna Daly has been awarded a place at the Royal Ballet School in London and will be supported by the fund. This is a huge achievement as there are only a few amount of places available. 

Swimmer Declan Bennett has had a successful year and will again be competing in the British Transplant games in Bolton in August. He also hopes to qualify for the World Transplant games in Argentina next year.

Declan Bennett

Declan Bennett

Abi Burr has received support from Adam's fund as she continues to progress in the pool. Abi will be competing in the English schools Inter-Divisional Swimming Championships at Bristol and will represent the East Midlands. In March, Abi competed in 13 events at the Lincolnshire County Championships in the 15 year old category, winning gold in each event.

Abi Burr

Abi Burr

Nichola Clark who competes in Dressage has gained support from the fund as she aims to compete more in Regional competition with a further aim of being a semi professional.

Nichola Clark and Tally

Nichola Clark and Tally

Kickboxer Alex Carter who has already represented England at the British Championships and won a bronze medal has been supported by the fund. Alex hopes compete in further British Championships and the World Championships in Portugal.

Middle Distance runners Rebekah Ward, Catrina Thomas and Abbie Donnelly have received support towards their competition and equipment costs. Rebekah hopes to compete in the English Schools Championships and has a long term ambition of representing England at International level. Last year Catrina was ranked 2nd in the UK for steeplechase at Under 17 and also hopes to qualify for the English Schools Championships in the next year. Abbie's aim for the next 12 months is also to reach the same championships and retain her county titles. 

31st March 2014

Matthew Bates has been offered a music and dance scholarship for a further two years at the Royal Ballet School. Matthew has already performed in the Nutcracker, Party Child and Rabbit Drummer and has a long term goal of being a professional dancer.

Athlete, Emily Moss, has received support to help pay for travel and training costs. The middle distance runner hopes to improve her overall endurance by travelling to Kenya for altitude training and hopes to represent England at the Commonwealth games in 2014.

Javelin thrower, Joseph Dunderdale, has received funding for 2014. Last season Joseph was ranked 1st in the UK at U23 level with a throw of 73.97m and is hoping to represent England at the Commonwealth Games this year.

Adam's fund is very proud to support the Lincoln ADHD support Fishing Group. The aim of the group is to support families and provide a calming activity in a relaxed environment that will help teach youngsters to behave and respect other people. For more information please visit 

Rosie Marshall has received support to help cover her travel and equipment costs. Rosie, who is currently affiliated with Nene Valley Harriers, hopes to compete at this years Amateur Athletics Association's event in the 800m.

Rosie Marshall

Lara Dyson has received further support as she pursues her aim of getting on the Equestrian GB Senior squad. Lara has recently won another regional title and qualified for the British Dressage national championships.

Golfer, Sam Whitaker, has received support from Adam's fund for the first time that will go towards his coaching costs. Sam is aiming to be selected for the England squad in the next 12 months. 

Sam Whitaker

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Adam's Fund will be supporting Lincoln City FC's 'Future Imps Fund' for the next 12 months. As well as Manchester United, Adam was a supporter of the imps, so we are pleased to support the academy and hopefully help local talent break get into football.

18th February 2014

We are delighted to announce that Adam's fund will be making a contribution to a football development tour to Valencia involving 15 Year 8/9 students from Cherry Willingham Community School. Students have been involved with many fundraising activities already. This will be an excellent opportunity for the students going as they will receive some top class coaching whilst in a different cultural environment.

13th October 2013

Dancer, Megan Brewer, has received support from the fund following her successful audition to become an associate member of the Chantry Dance Company in London. Megans long term aim is to perform as part of a contemporary dance company.

Lauren Freeman has once again received support towards her competition and travel expenses as she continues to progress and gain excellent results in swimming.

Swimmer, Brad Westlake, has also gained further support as he continues to compete at a high competitive level. Brad has recently returned to training following a fracture to his spine.

Maya Westlake, has been sponsored by Adam's fund to help with her ongoing travel, training and competition costs. Maya, who swims with Lincoln Vulcans, travelled to Portugal this summer with the GB team and is aiming for the Commonwealth Games next year.

Brad and Maya Westlake

24th July 2013

Funding has been awarded to hurdler Julian Adeniran, as he continues his comeback from a respiratory infection. Julian still has a long term aim of competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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Athlete, Haran Dunderdale, has received support from the fund as he continues to progress through the world of middle distance running and steeplechase. Haran recently ran 5.54 at the 2000m Steeplechase and is now ranked 1st in Europe and 8 in the world at U18 level. Haran's funding will go towards travel, training and physiotherapy costs.
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Table Tennis star, Nathan Butler, has obtained support ready for a summer of training in France. Despite being only 13, Nathan is currently ranked 25 at National Under 15 level.

Nathan Butler

Liz Mcternan, who is a Para-Triathlete, has received sponsorship from the fund to support her next overseas event in the European Hand Bike Federation (EHC) race in October in Barcelona. Liz recently came 5th in both the Time Trial and Road Race in Sergovia, which now ranks her fourth in the world.

Ben with Liz McTernan

9th July 2013

Adam's Fund has supported Rugby player Jack Holmes. Jack is preparing to move down south to compete with the Exeter Chiefs Academy with a long term aim of breaking into the first team. Jack has recently been with Leicester Tigers.

Lara Dyson, who competes in Equestrian, has received further support from the fund. Lara was Northern Region National Novice and Elementary Champion last year. This means she is a step closer to representing GB in the senior squad.  

6th June 2013

Shot Putter, Rob Mohan, has received support from the fund as he aims to qualify for the U23 European Championships. Rob currently has a PB of 16.29. The support will help with training and equipment costs. 

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Robert Mohan

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Adam's fund has sponsored highly talented dancer, Charlotte Gildersleeve. Charlotte has been given the opportunity to further her training in performing arts at four leading National Colleges with a long term ambition of having a performance career. 

30th April 2013

The fund is proud to continue its support of Matthew Bates who will commence his third year at the Royal Ballet School in London in September. Matthew has had a fantastic year achieving the highest appraisal mark for both his ballet and character exams out of all the boys in his year.

Athlete Emily Moss has also received further support from the fund in time for the athletics season. Emily competes all over the UK and abroad and hopes to travel to Kenya next winter for altitude training and to improve her overall endurance. 

The fund has sponsored triathlete Patrick Cutmore, who has progressed to international level recently. Patrick will be representing Great Britain in the European championships in Turkey this year at under 20 level and will use the funding to support this.

Patrick, middle right, and fellow triathlete and recipient Bo Haywood, middle left.

Patrick, middle right, and fellow triathlete and recipient Bo Haywood, middle left.

Swimmer, Declan Bennett, has been supported by the fund as he prepares to compete in the UK transplant games in Sheffield this August. Declan was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at the age of seven and underwent a kidney transplant in 2009. He currently swims with Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club,

Joseph Dunderdale has received funding to help him progress as a GB international athlete. Joseph, a javelin thrower, is ranked 1st in the UK and 28th in Europe at Under 23 level and currently has a throw of 75.73m. The donation will help with travel, training and competition costs.

Adam's fund has sponsored Andy Skinner as he aims to progress on the Pro Am golf tour. One of Andy's aims for this year is to win his class in the British Open in August, though his long term aim is to represent GB in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. This is dependant on golf being included. In the meantime, he will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in October with a group of African amputees to help highlight the difference in Technology. 

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Andy Skinner

13th March 2013

The fund is pleased to be able to support Abi Burr as she looks to compete in the Eindhoven Cup in Holland. The Dutch use this meet for qualification for the European Juniors Championships.Abi has made considerable progress in the past 12 months, achieving several titles and PB's.

21st February 2013

Adams fund recently supported the Lincoln Cannons Volleyball Club. Although one of the biggest and most professional sports clubs in the region, it recently lost funding. The club currently has 4 teams competing in different leagues and will use the funding to pay for sports hall hire, referees costs and league entries.

Lincoln Cannons

Lincoln Cannons Volleyball Club

23rd January 2013

Wheelchair Athlete, Jamie Carter has received funding to help assist him with travel costs and overseas events in 2013. At just 17, Jamie competed for Great Britain in the 2012 summer paralympics, finishing 6th in his heat.

27th September 2012

Swimmer Brad Westlake, continues to compete at a high level across the country and has seven national times to date. His long term aim is the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

Maya Westlake has also received further support as she continues to make progress in the pool. Maya has also been competing nationally and has 4 national times. 

Sean Westerman has received support as he aims to continue competing on a national level as a swimmer. Sean has previously set Lincolnshire swimming records and aims to competed internationally in future.

Badmiton ace, Harley Towler received further support from the fund as he continues to progress in the badminton world. Harley has recently reached 110 in the doubles world rankings and continues to compete at an international level. 

19th September 2012

Talented baseball player Ben Powell has been supported as he aims to make it on the other side of the Atlantic. Ben has been offered a place on a baseball elite athlete program in Canada for 1 year despite only taking up baseball in the past year which has been organised by his coach.

Bo Haywood has received support from the fund as she continues to compete at a high level in Triathlon. Having already won a series of competitions at many levels, Bo's next competition is in New Zealand in October.

4th July 2012

Matthew Bates, who is a rising star at the Royal Ballet School, has received further support as he approaches the start of his second year in London. One of Matts many achievements in his first year was being one of 8 boys cast for La Syphide. Only Matt and one other performer were in Year 7. Judges, Tenors Unlimited, have even commented that Matt could make a career using his voice.

Matthew bates

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28th June 2012

The fund is pleased to sponsor the United Freestyle Black Dragons Association who will use their sponsorship to purchase new equipment whilst training in the Birchwood area of Lincoln. As well as teaching people of all ages the rules and techniques of kickboxing, self-defence skills are developed as well.

United freestyle black dragons

10th June 2012

England judo squad member, Jack Hodgson, has received support from the fund as he looks to maintain his place in the squad. Jack, who is visually impaired, was a runner up at the 2011 Lincolnshire Sports Awards. Jack also carried the Olympic Torch on 27th June as it passed through Lincoln.

Jack hodgson

Jack in his Hoodie.

Jack Hodgson

Lee Cupit, has received funding as he looks to fulfil his paralympic ambitions. Lee, who has cerebral palsy competes in the shot put and recently won a gold medal at the olympic stadium in the Sainsbury's School Games.

Joe Dunderdale, who represents Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club, has been supported by the fund. Joe, who throws the javelin, has a long term target of representing GB at the 2016 Olympic games.

Lincoln Vulcans swimmer, Lauren Freeman, has been assisted by the fund to help with competition expenses. Lauren is also a shooter in the GB Youth Squad.

Dressage competitor, Lara Dyson, has received further support from the fund as she continues to progress towards the National Senior Squad. As well as competing at a high level, Lara has set up her own coaching company called "Inspiring Minds Equestrian Coaching" alongside her coach.  

11th April 2012

9 young gymnasts from Witham Hill Gym Club have been supported by the fund as they prepare to travel to the Gymstars International competition in Malta in July. The team is made up of Abigail Small, Alex Ormsby, Bethany Garthwaite, Emma Bluck, Freya Wilkinson, Lauren Shannon, Lucy Thornton, Skye Fox and Tamsin Cook.

The gymnasts

Andy Skinner, a seated volleyball player, has been supported by the fund in his quest to reach the 2012 Paralympic games in London. Andy was recently nominated in the Disabled Sports Person of the year category at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards

Hurdler, Julian Adeniran, received further support from the fund as he aims to get into the GB squad for this summers olympics.

8th March 2012

Rising tennis star, Andrew Ponder, has received support to help with equipment and training costs. Andrew has recently been selected to represent Lincolnshire in the Under 18 County Cup this March. 

He also intends to play tennis full time in his gap year after leaving school this Summer and to go on to a combined academic and tennis scholarship at an American University the following year.

Emma Sheardown has received support from the fund to help with travel and training costs as she aims to reach the Paralympics in dressage events. Emma is a World Class Para Dressage Rider and won European Gold in 2009 and World Gold in 2010. 

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18 year old water polo athlete, Neil Williams, has received support from the fund to help with training costs as he hopes to remain eligible for the GB mens squad. Neil's long term target is 2016 Olympic games in Brazil.

Abigail Burr has received further support to help with travel costs as she continues to compete in many swimming competitions. Forthcoming events include Norwich UEA long course in April and the Midlands Regional swimming championships in Coventry in June. 

Abigail burr

Abi wearing one of the funds hoodies

Kieran Tscherniawsky received extra support as he continues his training in the run up to this summers paralympics. Kieran is a discus thrower and recently won disabled sports person of the year at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2011. He is currently training six days a week.

Rosie Marshall is a young runner who is currently on the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme. She has received funding to help towards travel and competition costs.