Who we are
Olivia Inspires - A Charity to Allow the Spirit of Olivia Burt to Live
On Our daughter Olivia was a gifted and beautiful young woman who inspired others. Only 20 years old, she was killed in February 2018 in a horrendous incident at Durham, where she was a first-year student studying Natural Sciences.
Olivia was just embarking on a journey that would have doubtless seen her leaving a lasting mark on our world. But more than this, everyone who knew Olivia remembers her smile and her kindness, and how she would go out of her way to help people.
Olivia has been taken from us, but Olivia Inspires aims to allow her spirit to live on by helping young people in the New Forest to realise their potential.
Olivia lived most of her 20 years in the New Forest, in the village of Milford on Sea. Her death came as a shock to everyone, all the more so because of her kindness, selflessness, and courage, which shone through in everything she did. Olivia achieved many things in her short life and always tried to be the best that she could be in everything she did. She started sailing Optimists when she was 5 years old, moving into Lasers, 4.7s and Radials. She sailed internationally in GBR teams in all of these classes.
As a gifted pupil at Bournemouth School for Girls, she was fully involved in her school community leading to her being chosen as Head Girl. She did all of this and much more with an infectious smile and a willingness to help others.
What Olivia Inspires Does
Olivia Inspires will help children and young people aged 11 to 18 years, whose families live in the New Forest District Council area and who are facing financial hardship. Grants of normally no more than £500, will be awarded for items or services which enable them to develop their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and sport.
A charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, registration number 1181719.