ABOUT US / HISTORY

The idea of a Performing Arts Foundation came from the founder Sue Hooper in the late 1990’s. Sue has been associated with the Performing Arts from childhood, she entered into competitive Music, Speech and Drama Festivals – was an active member of local Amateur Dramatic Societies, and taught Speech and Drama privately – she was also Co-Founder of the Saltash Music Speech and Drama Festival. She also founded the Mayor’s Drama Awards when she was Mayor in 1991. Sue also donated the Mayor’s Shield. Sue is delighted that incumbent Mayors of Saltash still honour this award to this day.

Sue served Saltash as Mayor on 4 different occasions. On her retirement from Saltash Town Council after 30 years’ service, Sue was given the honour of Freeman of Saltash. 

Mrs Sue Hooper MBE –Special interest in environmental and youth issues - plus older & vulnerable and less- abled people. A great supporter of the Performing Arts and Founder of the Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation, and instigator and Co-Founder of the Saltash Music Speech and Drama Festival (where she is still the General Secretary for the past 27 years) Founder of Saltash Mayor’s Drama awards (1991); Also President of the Saltash Ladies Choir and Vice President of the Saltash Town Band. Sue also delivers talks to organisations on “Remarkable Women” and “Women in Leadership” – plus many other topics. • President of Saltash Handicapped and Disabled Organisation. • Former President of Livewire Youth Project (of 20 years) • Trustee Saltash Heritage. • Recently retired as Trustee Mabbot Trust (1991-2014). • Founder and Management Committee – Saltash Youth Council. • Founder of Saltash in Bloom (1992 - 2004). • Member of Steering Group for Community Action through Sports (CATS) Made a Cornish Bard in 2009 (Bardic name Cares Tamar) for outstanding services to Saltash and Cornwall. Chairman - Burraton Community Association President – Youngstagers drama group,  Drama practitioner (Co-Founder Essa School of Drama & Performing Arts ) Instigated and led the Memorial Peace Garden project (opened November 2015). Founder and Chair of the Saltash Community Flood Forum (2016-).

Raised over £500,000 pounds for local, Regional, National and International Charites and worthy causes over the past 50 years

Through these organisations, Sue was aware that there were many talented young people in every discipline of the Performing Arts, who were totally committed to learning and further developing their skills at Regional and National level, but with limited funding to do so. She was aware that funding opportunities for middle of the road skills were very limited, and she saw a gap in which a Bursary Trust may be able to assist. Sue sought help and advice from a colleague, Peter Durbin, a local Solicitor, who was enthusiastic and encouraging; Peter, kindly drew up the application and mission statement, with the required aims and objectives to the Charity Commission.

In July 2000 the Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation was set up following a large donation from its founder Sue Hooper. The Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation was up and running as a Registered Charity (Founded in aid and support of the promotion of Music, Drama and the Performing Arts). Since then several thousands of pounds has been donated to young musicians for instruments, Regional and National auditions, competitions, workshops and equipment.

Young beneficiaries have gone on to appear in the Royal Albert Hall, National Youth Orchestra, National Ballet, National Theatre School, Covent Garden, Wayne Sleep School Of Ballet, West End Musical – and top Musical Colleges, Universities and Conservatoires – in addition have won top marks in local and County Music Festivals.

Raised around many thousands of pounds for local, Regional, National and International Charites and worthy causes over the past 50 years.

Donations to:

Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation are welcomed. Cheques should be made to the Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation – and sent to:

The Treasurer (Stephanie Carter)
c/o 1 Down Close,
Burraton Coombe,
Saltash,
Cornwall
PL12 4PZ

Applications for funding should be sent to the Chairman:

Applications are considered for students in the Saltash PL12 area. Consideration is also given to applicants in the County of Cornwall.  

Sue Hooper
1 Down Close,
Burraton Coombe,
SALTASH,
PL12 4PZ 

Tel: 01752 843073