Charity work award for Dawn

Dawn McManus
Dawn McManus

AN inspirational mum who set up a charity to help others after the tragic death of her son has had her hard-work recognised.

Dawn McManus, 41, has been given a Regional Individual Learner Award in recognition of her fantastic work in setting up and developing Red Dreams charity.

Dawn was four years into her teaching career when her 16-year-old son Kyle died of a brain haemorrhage.

The devastated mum found herself unable to return to teaching, but instead started helping creative young people with their music by setting up Red Dreams.

The charity, based in Whitby Street South, has since gone from strength to strength and last week held Pitch Invasion, an impressive two-day music festival at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.

And dedicated Dawn has continued to develop her own qualifications by achieving a level three managing voluntary and community groups programme with SkillShare and she is currently studying towards a level four HR and employment law course.

“I have realised that the thirst for knowledge never goes away, you just have to have a reason for doing it and a determination to be a better person,” said Dawn after she received the regional individual learner award.

She was handed the award as part of National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’s (NIACE) Adult Learners Week, which ran throughout last week.

David Hughes, NIACE chief executive, said: “Dawn’s life has improved because of her commitment, enthusiasm, and ambition.

“I hope that others will be inspired by this story and see the role that learning can play to help them get a better life.”

Dawn featured in the Mail last week after officially changing her name to one that is 161 words long.