West London residents scoop six prestigious Churchill Travelling Fellowships





The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has awarded 150 travelling Fellowships across the UK.

Six of these grants, totalling over £42,000, have been awarded to people in West London. The Fellows will travel to eight countries between them, across four continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of a Fellowship is six weeks.

This year’s West London Fellows are:

  • Alex South, a prison officer from Acton, who will be travelling to Australia, Canada and the USA to investigate approaches to supporting prison staff.
  • Akvinder Bola-Emerson, a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist from Hounslow, who will be travelling to Australia and the USA to research models of perinatal mental health practice aimed at preventing relationship breakdown between parents.
  • Prasanna Kannan, from Hounslow, and the Co-Founder and Director of a property startup, who will be travelling to Denmark, Sweden and the USA to investigate cohousing as a response to a shortage of affordable housing.
  • Rachael Owhin, from Wembley, and Head of Programmes at the Powerlist Foundation, who will be travelling to Ghana, South Africa and the USA to explore programmes fostering leadership skills in disadvantaged young people.
  • Dr Shashivadan P Hirani, from Harrow, and a Chartered Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at City University of London, who will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand to study the successful implementation of technology-enabled care.
  • Lucia von Bredow, from Paddington, and Programme Manager for Genomics at the Epilepsy Society, who will be travelling to Canada and the USA to investigate models which harness social entrepreneurship to ensure that medical research reaches patients quickly.

Since its inception in February 1965, 5,400 ordinary men and women have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants. The ethos remains the same five decades on – for individuals to visit different parts of the world in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of social, environmental, medical and scientific issues. The new approaches and innovative ideas with which they return are shared to benefit their local and regional communities, and, in many cases, the nation.

Before his death in 1965, Sir Winston was adamant that he did not wish to have another statue as his memorial, so he approved the setting up of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (www.wcmt.org.uk) as his national memorial and living legacy, for the benefit of future generations. Millions of grateful people gave personal contributions to the public appeal.

“Churchill Fellows are motivated and talented individuals who travel globally and return with innovative ideas and a commitment to share their findings to help others in the UK,” says Julia Weston, Chief Executive of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Churchill Fellows come from all over the UK and from many different backgrounds. They must be UK citizens aged 18 or over, but no qualifications are required. What Fellows share is a passion to make a difference and a desire to share their passion to inspire others.

Notes to Editors:

In total 150 Fellowships have been awarded across the UK in 2017, an investment of over £1,400,000 in UK citizens. The Fellows will be travelling to 49 countries between them, across 6 continents. The categories for the 2018 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships will be announced on 09 May 2017.

See www.wcmt.org.uk for more details.

We have many examples of Fellows’ stories of achievement from 1965 to the present day. If you would like one from a particular year or location, or would like to interview a Fellow, please contact The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Press Office on 020 7799 1660, or email press@wcmt.org.uk

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