Amy’s Travel Bursary

The John Wilson Memorial Trust provides travel bursaries for young people, who are children of Ulster Carpets employees.

The bursaries provided by JWMT support travel overseas to complete charitable work. In April 2019, Amy O’Reilly travelled to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India, with the Hope Foundation to take part in the School Immersion Programme 2019. The Hope Foundation works to save the street and slum children, their families and wider communities from poverty. These children have been victims of a wide range of issues from trafficking, violence, sexual abuse and many more. Through the Hope Foundation they can find a permanent and sustainable pathway out of poverty through education, healthcare, protection and nutrition enabling a better future for the children and vulnerable families.

Amy went for 6 days to Kolkata visiting both the Hope hospital and 7 of the different Hope homes, where she met children from the ages of 5 to 18 years old. Whilst visiting Amy was able to get involved with the children in different activities, from playing games, cards, singing and dancing. After meeting these children, Amy visited a very privileged school in Kolkata and she was able to see the transparent difference and divide between the privileged and underprivileged children of Kolkata. Before the trip had to come to an end, Amy got to explore main attractions in Kolkata like Mother Teresa’s house and the river walk Gandhi completed.

Amy said this was a trip of a lifetime, which she will always remember and is thankful to the John Wilson Memorial Trust for helping her with this opportunity. She hopes to go back in the future to continue to make a difference to these children’s lives.

The Hope Foundation UK

Second Home
68 Hanbury Street
E1 5JL

+44 208 133 0863