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John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation

Why We Were Established

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) was established in 2008 to honour the memory of John Thornton, a young Royal Marines Officer from Ferndown who was tragically killed, at the age of 22, whilst serving in Afghanistan. John had achieved so much in his short life, the provision of opportunities for local young people to achieve both their ambitions and potential in life was a fitting legacy of which John would be immensely proud.

What We Do

The JTYAF has now supported more than 2000 local young people since its formation in 2008 with awards of over £700,000. With the addition of three new groups in 2014 the JTYAF now provides opportunities to 19 youth organisations:

  • Ferndown Upper School
  • The Dorset and Wilts Wing of the Air Cadets
  • The Air Cadet Junior Leaders Course
  • Ferndown Middle School
  • Beaucroft Foundation School
  • Ferndown First School
  • Parley First School
  • Hampreston First School
  • The Dorset Fire and Rescue Service Cadets
  • The North East Forest & and North East Minster Divisions of the Guides
  • East Dorset & Christchurch Divisions of Scouts
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (Dorset)
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • The Coda Fiddle Orchestra
  • The Tall Ships Trust

The JTYAF has succeeded in the provision of opportunities for many young people to fulfil their dreams in life and to really develop as individuals.  Young people have been supported on expeditions to Tanzania, India, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada, Cape Town, China, Kenya, Nepal, Japan and the Pyrenees, funding has been awarded to Olympic hopefuls in ice skating, swimming, power lifting, cycling, horse riding, badminton, and awards given for trombones, telescopes, cameras, educational support for dyslexia, music tuition, sailing expeditions, the list is endless and demonstrates the diversity which the JTYAF encourages. 

In an age where young people can be commonly misconceived as causing only trouble for society, the JTYAF thrives on proving that there are some amazing youngsters out there who, given the opportunity, can make a genuine difference to not only their own lives, but also to those of other individuals and to the wider community. 

John touched the lives of many people and now his legacy lives on making a real difference to the lives of local young people.

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Contact Details

Contact Name: Pete Thornton

Mobile: 07792 121645

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