Grants scheme in Hannah’s memory to tackle bullying

Dan Connor and Marie King of Harborough Against Bullying
Dan Connor and Marie King of Harborough Against Bullying

A Harborough anti-bullying charity has launched a new grants system to help victims of bullying in memory of a

district teenager who took her own life after being bullied online.

The Hannah’s Help scheme, named after Lutterworth 14-year-old Hannah Smith, was launched on Monday.

Hannah was found hanged in her home last August after being bullied on the social media website

Marie King, from Harborough Against Bullying, said this week: “This is Hannah’s legacy. The grants could be used for team building, counselling, after-school activities, essential school items or travel expenses.”

The Harborough Against Bullying group supported the Smiths after Hannah’s death and the group has continued to raise awareness of Hannah and online bullying.

It also sold Hannah memorial wristbands which helped raise funds for its fight to stamp out bullying.

Hannah’s grandma Pauline Smith told the Mail last September that the group had been a source of strength.

She said: “They have been a great help to my son after Hannah killed herself.

“Harborough Against Bullying and my son need all the help they can get to prevent other people dying.”

Applications for Hannah’s Help will be accepted from those aged three up to the age of 18, although in some circumstances they may consider other age groups. All applications must be submitted with a letter and contact details of a professional person or representative who is aware of the bullying problems caused and the effects they have had such as a teacher, doctor or social worker.

All clubs and counselling can be covered for a maximum period of up to six sessions.

This, however, does depend on cost and is at the group’s discretion. All applications will be looked at and decided by the charity’s trustees.

For an application form or more details email or telephone 01858 463885.

Last August Hannah’s father David Smith urged Prime Minister David Cameron to take action to make social media websites safer for young people.

How to apply for a grant

Harborough Against Bullying will consider all applications from people in the Harborough district, but in certain circumstances will consider other areas at its discretion.

All applicants will be informed within one month of applying if they have been successful.

They will pay direct to any club, organisation or counsellor but are not able to pay an individual applicant or their representative directly.

Only one application is allowed per household per year.

Applications on behalf of the young person must be completed by a parent or guardian.