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Donations change lives

Donations to the University’s fundraising priorities help support student societies and projects, fund bursaries and scholarships, and contribute to advancing our research and impact on the community we serve.

Donations change lives

Donations to the University’s fundraising priorities help support student societies and projects, fund bursaries and scholarships, and contribute to advancing our research and impact on the community we serve.

Regardless of size, each and every gift makes a difference, and whether you donate funds, time or expertise, your support is vital.

For some, donating or fundraising in someone’s memory is a special and meaningful way to remember their loved one, and can honour causes that mean so much.

Paying tribute through commemorate giving was one way the Webb family of Crickhowell chose to remember their beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Frances Webb, who passed away earlier this year.

With money raised going to support the Emma Abberley Scholarship, Peter Webb, Frances’ son explains: “The Family has been involved with the University’s Applied Behaviour Analysis Clinic for a little while, as my son has been benefiting from services offered there. Given that my mother was always so proud of the progress that my son had made by attending the Clinic, raising funds for the University’s Emma Abberley Scholarship was an obvious cause to support in the event of her passing.”

We of course established the Scholarship at a time of great family loss, so for others to think so generously at a very similar time, it’s really quite humbling.

Penny Abberley, mother of Emma

With almost £4000 raised by the Webb family through a combination of on and offline donations plus money raised through after dinner talks given by Frances’ husband John Webb, Peter adds: “Mum would be thrilled. The unit has played such a huge role in Wilf’s development and we hope others can now benefit to the same extent, thank you.”

The Emma Abberley Scholarship provides one year of services at the University of South Wales’ Applied Behaviour Analysis Clinic. The Clinic helps children with autism and other developmental delays to develop important play, communication, social, and academic skills. The Scholarship supports families in the regional community who would not otherwise be able to access these services.ife in lockdown survey 2020

In parallel, the Clinic provides in-house placement opportunities to Psychology and Childhood Development students, giving the opportunity for future young professionals to improve their skills and competencies as part of their degree programme.

The Emma Abberley Scholarship was established in memory of University of South Wales student Emma Abberley, whose dedication to improving the lives of children and passion for applied behaviour analysis (ABA) inspired both her tutors and peers. Emma was a valued member of the Clinic’s volunteer team and aspired to be a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

It’s often not the size of gift or amount of time given that’s important – it’s more the commitment to creating positive change in the lives of others.

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor

By giving back to the University in whichever way, alumni and supporters become integral to our ongoing success. Support helps ensure that we can continue to grow and create the best possible future for our students and researchers.

Find out more about how you can support the Emma Abberley Scholarship and discover our other current priorities.