Emily was given the chance to learn the recorder at the age of seven and at the time no one could have predicted where it would lead.
Her enthusiasm grew so much her teacher encouraged her to learn another instrument alongside.
A few weeks before her 10th birthday, Emily was learning the Oboe through the MAPAS “endangered instrument” scheme.
Now 15, she is playing many different instruments including saxophone, piano, violin and guitar; is a member of the National Youth Recorder Orchestra and has even performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
She holds Grade 8 recorder and saxophone and Grade 7 classical and jazz on flute, while her sights are set on attaining Grade 8 jazz sax, Grade 8 oboe and Grade 6 piano.
She still plays in Salford Flutes, the Senior Sax Ensemble, Senior Recorders and Concert Band for the Salford Music and Performing Arts Service, but has even performed with the Halle Harmony Orchestra and appeared in the Channel 4 programme Orchestra United.
In 2009 she appeared at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic and has played tenor recorder with a huge choir at Salford Cathedral in aid of local hospices.
She gained a GCSE A* in music in Year 9, hopes to take A level music and aspires to join the Royal Northern College of Music.
The Trust has assisted Emily with the cost of tuition fees.
"The funding you provided helped me to continue training with City of Salford Swimming Club and also to purchase a new racing suit, which I needed to be able to compete on the same level as other swimmers.
My goal during the season was to achieve four National Qualifying Times to enable me to compete at Nationals in July, as I have done since I was 12. I achieved three qualifying times in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley, I just missed out on my 200m IM!
I came away from Nationals 2010 with three personal best times and a place in the semi-final of the 100m breaststroke. I was delighted with my achievements.
I have been able to achieve my goals because of the funding you have provided for me which enables me to train 7/8 times a week. I have a younger sister and brother who are also involved in swimming, dancing, football and rugby (between them) and it is quite costly for my parents to support all these activities. We are all very grateful for your support.
I achieved my National Qualifying Time for the 200m Breaststroke which enables me to compete at the Nationals in July 2011. I have entered the Lancashire County Gala in March/April and NW Regional Gala in May and I aiming to achieve my 100m breaststroke and hopefully one or two more National Qualifying Times at these galas.
Once again, thank you for your support."
Jessica is one of the country’s promising young cricketers.
Playing the game since the age of 11, Jessica has represented Lancashire County since she was 12 and was among the Lancashire team that reached the final in the Under 13s League Championship in 2006.
She was the first female to appear in a district final of the Salford Under 14s schoolboys which was held at Old Trafford and went on to become a member of the winning team in the North West Schoolboy League in 2007.
The Worsley sportswoman was runner up in the national speed bowling competition and won the best bowling and batting averages for Winton Under 14s boys in 2007, going on to return the best bowling average for the Under 16s in 2009.
She appears regularly for Read Women’s First XI.
Now over six feet tall, Jessica has toured South Africa with Lancashire Women’s First XI and is Captain of the Lancashire Under 17s.
Her biggest ambition is to become an England international.
The Trust has supported Jessica with the purchase of cricket equipment including helmet, bat, pads and cricket bag.
She is to study physiotherapy and hopes to become a sports physio.
Dale Morris has a passion for cooking and even prepares Sunday lunch for his mum, brothers, sisters and family friends.
A catering student at Salford City College he has aspirations to become a top chef, even a celebrity chef perhaps!.
“I love Gordon Ramsay. I am also a big fan of Marco Pierre White,” said 19-year-old Dale from Kersal who took up catering after finding out more about careers in the industry through Salford Foundation’s Switch project.
Dale received a grant from the Trust so that he could join fellow catering students on a trip to Edinburgh where among other activities, they were given a tour of the kitchens of one of the UK’s leading hotels the 5 Star Balmoral.
He secured a 12-week placement at The Lowry Theatre, working in the kitchens, cooking and preparing food and goes on to work for his NVQ Level 2 which could also involve a trip to Barcelona.
He says his ambition is to open a restaurant on the Continent.
Dale failed to engage in school and found himself on the NEET register at 16. But working with the Foundation’s Switch team opened up his horizons, helped with his confidence and basic skills.