In memory Of Award
A popular young man from Truro, who has been an “inspiration” to disability sport in Cornwall was recognised at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards in association with South West Bottled Gas.
Freddie Kemp was the winner of Pirate FM’s ‘In Memory Of’ award. The award is designed to recognise someone who has achieved extraordinary things throughout their life despite no longer being with us, leaving an everlasting legacy.
Freddie was nominated by his friend Mark, who said: “From a young age Freddie Kemp was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease and eventually lost his battle for life at the end of 2014 at the age of 22. Throughout his short life, Freddie refused to let his disability stop him from helping others to enjoy life through participation in sport.”
“Being an electric power chair user for most of his life, Freddie understood the limitations that some people would put on disabled people, and he was determined to change attitudes and provide more sports opportunities for young disabled people.
“He voluntarily worked with the Truro and Penwith College ‘Health Wellbeing and Sport Team’, assisting them to set up additional disability sport activities, and helped secure funding and training opportunities for student volunteers to assist with the delivery of weekly activity sessions.
“These sports sessions formed the basis for regular weekly enrichment offers for Foundation Studies students at the College, that still go on today”.
Mark continued: “Freddie also helped establish the first boccia club in Cornwall, based at Truro College, working in partnership with Cornwall Sports Partnership and Truro and Penwith College.
“Kernow Boccia Club offers opportunities for disabled people from across the county. The club runs sessions every week and provides opportunities for social interaction as well as competitive games.
“It has since been identified as a model of good practice and continues to provide quality disability sports opportunities for people from Cornwall.”
Mark added: “In November 2014 the club received an award in recognition of their success, but unfortunately Freddie was too ill to attend the ceremony and passed away days later”.
The ‘In Memory Of’ award was sponsored by HBH Woolacotts, and Freddie’s parents accepted the award at the ceremony which was held at Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives
Freddie’s Mum, Emma said: “He just wanted others to have a life and he wanted to show people in wheelchairs that you could play sport and you could do things. He never said ‘no’ to anything and was always there for people. He was inspirational.”
Nominator Mark added: “He was a great person, and achieved a lot. When he came into the room, we’d all smile - he was like a brother to me who wanted to help others”.