Culturapedia staff light up Fleetwood with the Olympic Torch

On Friday 22nd June Blackburn based arts management company Culturapedia had double the reason to cheer when not one, but two, of their staff proudly carried the Olympic Torch through Fleetwood.

Staff members Jaffer Hussain, 24, Blackburn, and Kajol Lally, 16, Blackpool, have been praised as inspirational members of their community and are now helping deliver nationwide creative projects managed by the Culturapedia team.

A very wet and very cold Jaffer Hussain carried the Olympic Torch along the sea front in Fleetwood surrounded by family and friends. A little further down the prom Kajol Lally carried the torch as part of its
journey from Garstang and St Michael’s on Wyre, before continuing along the coast to
Cleveleys.

Jaffer Hussian is a north west regional coordinator for the nationwide Legacy Trust UK
project somewhereto_ which helps young people, aged 16 – 25, find the spaces they need
to do the things they love within arts, culture and sport. Nominated for being a ‘local hero’
to young people, Jaffer has been commended for transforming the lives of young people
through his tireless dedication and leadership skills.

Student Adam Graham, 19, said: “He (Jaffer) has changed my life in so many ways. Through him I have acquired life, communication and leadership skills and knowledge that no other could offer me and that’s just my life he’s changed, there are hundreds of people that could tell you the same.

“I can think of no other person more eligible to carry a torch for the Olympic Games, and
even then he’ll be educating as he goes along.”

Newest team member Kajol Lally has been reporting for Culturapedia’s project mailout, a
nationwide magazine for the participatory arts. Kajol was recently awarded Gold Arts Award and has coordinated many events for young people including Under the Town, a music, arts and fashion festival organised by young people for young people with Blackpool Arts Service and youth organisation Blaze.

Jaffer Hussain said: “I’m really proud and quite humbled by the fact that I’m one of the very few people that is carrying the Torch. Building on my youth work experience I am now very excited to be working on behalf of somewhereto_ which is helping young people across the whole of the north west.

“For me, this opportunity is due to a number of key people in my life and represents what I
believe in – if you work with enough passion, dedication and have faith in what you’re doing, things will always work out.”

The Culturapedia team are incredibly proud of both Jaffer and Kajol. Company Manager, Lyndsey Wilson said: “Jaffer and Kajol are prime examples of the values we hold dear at Culturapedia, we are so very proud of what all of our staff have achieved over the past few months and having two staff members carry the torch really reflects our desire to pursue work with purpose, making positive changes for the people we work with and the team who deliver those projects.”