How has it helped people?
Previous bursary recipient Leonard Hughes embodies the true spirit of the bursary. Having had his life turned upside down following a diagnosis of HIV 30 years ago, Leonard made the bold decision to prioritise his wellbeing and helping others over his career.
Leonard’s commitment to fitness ultimately led to him to complete YMCAfit’s Gym Instructor course and when things got tough financially, YMCAfit urged him to apply for their training bursary to fund his training. Keen to use his new-found skills to help others, he secured a volunteering position at YMCA Club. Leonard is now harnessing his skills, and his personal experience of living with HIV, to make a difference to other people’s lives, concluding: “It is giving me a structure to my life. It’s given me a light and a purpose.”