is now up to us to continue Maurice's legacy within the
The Maurice Hilton Charitable Trust, a scholarship has been
set up in his name which will enable Maurice's aims to remain
have spent the last year doing our homework and trying to
find out what gaps there are in terms of training for young
people like Maurice to find their way into the television
talked to many independent production companies in Leeds
and other related training organisations, we have decided
that our goal should be simple:
...every year we want to find one 'Maurice' - someone
with his passion, his enthusiasm, his desire to learn and
his desire to succeed.
have limited the application to those over 18. But apart
from that our 'Maurice' could be any colour, any age and
come from any background. What they must have is a desire
to train and a passion for their work.
We will train one person a year. Instead
of sitting in a classroom they will train on the job through
a variety of placements we will set up with them in the
industry in Leeds and the region according to their skills
and what areas they most want to go into.
Like Maurice, they will probably want to
train to be the best technicians - editors, camera people,
sound engineers. They will be given a 4 month placement
with companies in the region. They will be paid and supported
through this period. They will be mentored by a team of
mentors the Trust will provide who are professionals working
in the industry. And after they finish their 4 months, they
will be mentored though not funded by the Trust for another
4 months. We hope we will have done such a good job that
the company with whom they are placed will want to invest
in them in the longer term!
This is job creation in the industry on
a small scale. But we hope that we will be creating and
supporting people like Maurice, who gave his time and his
passion freely and to anyone who wanted to listen and learn!
Maurice Hilton Charitable Trust is funded entirely through
donations from Maurice's family, colleagues and friends.
need your support to ensure we can keep Maurice's memory
can you help us by supporting us with a small regular amount
every month so the Trust can be sustainable in the long
Just £10 a month will make a huge difference….
you all from the bottom of my heart" more...