Completing the Great Glen Walk
(76 miles)

William with his two caps for Wales Deaf Rugby

Student of the year (Exeter College)



Achievement Gallery of some past recipients

Climbing Crib Goch (Snowdon)

Receiving his Welsh Cap on his return from the
World Deaf 7's Tournament in Sydney (Australia)

On the summit of Ben Nevis

Mountain biking in North Wales with Exeter College

William Thomas in 2019

"The grants William has received over the years have enabled him to experience a broad range of activities. For someone who is profoundly deaf and dyslexic, we are immensely proud of his achievements.

The recent grant will enable William to purchase a GoPro camera in order to film a range of instructional videos relating to ‘outdoor adventure’ activities. These will be used to support the delivery of classes to both hearing and deaf children in Haven Banks Activity Centre, Exeter. He will also be attending Exeter Royal Deaf Academy where he will continue to develop his Maths, English and BSL skills in order to support his transition in to the world of work.

We would like to thank the Cambrian Education Foundation for their continued support. He has achieved more than we ever thought was possible and continues to set himself challenging targets.

He has developed in to a caring and thoughtful individual who always tries his best. He has been a role model within the deaf and hearing communities who have recognized the challenges he has faced over the years.

As parents we could have asked for nothing more of him. We are immensely grateful for your support. We know that it has made a significant impact on Williams’s development over the years".


William’s achievements of the last year (2018-2019):

  • Gained two caps playing rugby for the Wales Deaf Team in Australia last June (one cap for the 7’s team and one for the 15’s).
  • Captain’s choice for most improved player of the year (Exeter Athletic RFC).
  • Student of the year (Exeter College).
  • William achieved his BTec Level 2 in Outdoor Adventure.
  • Traveled to Norway with the Wales Deaf Rugby team and played a friendly game against their national team.
  • Completed the Great Glen Walk (helped raise over £1,000 for Breast Care Unit in Llanelli Hospital). Walked 78 miles from Fort William to Inverness.
  • Climbed Ben Nevis.
  • Climbed Snowdon with Exeter College and completed the challenging Crib Goch route.
  • Took on the voluntary role of Youth Support worked at an NDCS activity week in Powys.



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Dr Luke Nixon in 2018

"I wish to thank all the Trustees for supporting myself throughout my Medical studies at Cardiff University; the resources that were funded by the foundation were vital for the completion of my degree.

Thanks to your assistance, I graduated on the 17th of July with a commendation and will start my junior doctor post in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital at Llantrisant."





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Elan in 2013

Elan in action

Elan in action

ElanElan being presented with her Gold Medal by Hanshai Roy Stanhope Black Belt 9th Dan (UKASKO Chairman) at the United Kingdom All Styles Karate Organisation in Knutsford November 2012 - Under 15s Kata Category. Elan trains with the Zanshin Karate Cymru, Caernarfon.


Elan won Best League Player for 2013 in the North West Wales Netball League - she won this 3 years running. She was chosen as one of the best 20 players for Wales Under 14s and is now training professionally with a Welsh Netball Hub in Llandrillo College, North Wales.

Elan hopes that she can encourage other deaf children to participate in sporting activities. Elan always says:-
"It never gets easier, you just get better!".




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