New scheme aims to inspire kids and support charity

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MESSAGES about perseverance are being taught to schoolchildren as part of a new project.

Project Youth Force is being spearheaded by Queen Alexandra Hospital Home and Royal Navy veteran Richard Hunt and aims to educate and inspire young people through real-life stories and experiences provided by veterans.

Richard, of Portchester, is an above-the-knee amputee who became an ambassador for the hospital home last year and has been travelling to schools, colleges, and universities in Hampshire and West Sussex to share his story.

He said: ‘I get amazing enjoyment out of running the workshops. The kids have been brilliant and have engaged with the message.

‘They come up with brilliant questions to ask and we have great discussions. I get a lot of fulfilment out of that.’

The scheme is made available to schools, colleges, and universities across the two counties for free.

The inspirational, disability awareness and character building workshops put on by Richard, 45, aim to provide students with a lesson on perseverance.

He added: ‘The message is about having a positive attitude to life and not just giving up without trying.

Richard, who last year attempted to kayak around the country on a fundraising mission but was thwarted by a shoulder injury, gives the students challenges to help them understand what living with a disability might be like.

These include tying a bow with one hand and passing a ball down a line while standing on one leg.

‘You see the kids finding ways around the problems and it’s great,’ added Richard.

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, based in Worthing, provides care for veterans of all ages.

Its Project Youth Force scheme aims to raise money for the home by asking schools that Richard visits to fundraise.

Any school, college, or 
university interested in booking a workshop should visit qahh.org.uk/project-youth-force.