Caitlin's Kickstart Award

Bright Tomorrows

Giving promising students a chance

Caitlin’s Kickstart Award is a UK Shropshire-based charity, founded in 2001. We give financial help to Ludlow College applicants in their first year of further/higher education. The present Award is a gift of £1,000. The Award is not available for a gap year.


As of 2018 we have gifted over £38,000.

In 2014, CKA established two new Awards:

The Mary Hayter Memorial Award is offered nationally to students with a disability who are engaged in full or part time education and who would benefit from a cash grant to to help with project-related expenses. The first recipient of the Mary Hayter Award of £1,000 is Imogen Godwin, who required a Braille-dedicated computer for her course work. Applicants are invited to apply personally. You may also nominate a candidate for this Award.

The Amanda Brisbane Memorial Prize for Outstanding Achievement is an occasional award offered to applicants/recipients/supporters past and present of Caitlin’s Kickstart Award who have been seen to realise their dreams in their chosen endeavour. Applicants are invited to apply personally. You may also nominate candidates for this Award. The first CKA Outstanding Achievement Award of £1,000 went to Sophie Hayter.

The 2018 awards were presented to Gemma Moore (CKA Award), Sally-Ann Lancaster (Mary Hayter Memorial Award), Joel Stone (Amanda Brisbane Memorial Award).