CREATING an oasis out of wasteland, bringing communities together and fund-raising for charity was all in a summer’s work for our local Lifestyle teams who have been rewarded for their efforts.
At a glittering awards ceremony at Hull City Hall last week, three teams from our region won day trips to Alton Towers in recognition of their hard work on the Humberside Police Lifestyle Project.
The annual project challenges youngsters across the East Riding to come up with a schemes to improve their local communities, and teams Hi-5 from Melbourne, Jammy Dodgers from South Cave and The Indestructible Green Horses certainly rose to the challenge.
Hi-5, made up of Maisie Blackmore, Sarah Madeley, Ellie Parkin, Megan Price and Danielle Robinson created a sensory garden at their primary school in Melbourne.
Their adult supervisor, Kate Blackmore, said the girls enjoyed the awards ceremony and were proud of their achievements with the garden, which they created from scratch.
She said: “It was a great night and it was lovely to see just how much all the children had put into their projects and how much they had changed their communities.
“I think it is a really good project and a great thing to be a part of.”
The Jammy Dodgers team of Thomas Little, Thomas Nicholson and Ben Tyreman put their efforts into transforming a derelict patch of land behind the South Cave scout hut into an area which is now enjoyed by the many youngsters who use the facility.
The boys built a barbecue and created a pit to make campfires and have breathed life into the previously unused area.
Their adult supervisor, Adriana Tyreman, said: “They decided that it would be a really good idea to clear the area, but I hadn’t realised just how derelict and overgrown it actually was!
“They really had their work cut out but they have done a fantastic job and transformed a neglected area into one that all the cubs, scouts and beavers can now use.”
The Indestructible Green Horses; Ryan Askem, Charles Duxbury, Jack Green, Jack Sheard and Lucas Wilson, got out and about in their community to raise money for eight different charities and touched the lives of many residents.
They held a toy sale at North Newbald School summer barbecue and a bun stall at the gala, bag-packed at Beverley Morrisons for four hours and even organised an afternoon tea for the village’s elderly residents.
They raised over £300, which was shared between local organisations and national charities.
Adult supervisor, Mamta Joshi, said: “They really enjoyed the awards ceremony, they were all a bit overwhelmed because it was such a big event, but they enjoyed the whole atmosphere and it’s nice that such a lot of effort went into the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of all the children there.”
The prestigious awards ceremony saw a dance performance by the North Lincs Dancers and the top 290 Lifestylers from across the region were presented with awards.
The top prize - a trip to Disney Land Florida - was won by a team from Hull, ‘One World, One Chance’ who brought their community together with a myriad of imaginative fundraising events.
Attending the ceremony, Chief Constable, Tim Hollis, CBE, QPM said, “Once again, the Lifestyle finalists have reached an incredible standard.
“When meeting the teams I am humbled by their achievements and dedication shown towards their projects and the benefits such work gives to members of their communities.”
Paul Lyons, Lifestyle awards supporter from Arco, said that the high standard of all the projects made judging a winner ‘extremely difficult’ and Lifestyle principal supporter, Peter Shipp, chairman and chief executive of East Yorkshire Coaches commended all the teams’ efforts, saying: “It is great to see young people, many not even teenagers yet, working as a team – a very valuable lesson which will stand them in good stead later in life.”