Groups share £5,000 to help boost their work in communities

High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear, Mrs Ruth Thompson OBE and Kevin Ball celebrating with award winners at the High Sheriff of Northumberland Youth Awards. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.
High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear, Mrs Ruth Thompson OBE and Kevin Ball celebrating with award winners at the High Sheriff of Northumberland Youth Awards. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.

Ten borough groups are celebrating a share of £5,000 to help continue their work in the community.

The ten were among 52 awards totalling £30,000 which were presented to groups and charities recognising the work of young people in the community.

The cash awards were presented by the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, Ruth Thompson OBE, as she marked the end of the Shrieval year.

As well as the presentation, guests at the awards dinner held at Sunderland University were treated to songs by North Tyneside Disability Forum while Katy McLean MBE and Kevin Ball, of Sunderland AFC, were among the guest speakers.

The ten groups who each received £500 were Battlehill Judo Club, Whitley Bay Sea Cadet Corps, North Tyneside Disability Forum, 861 (Wideopen) Squadron Air Training Corp, Wallsend Mini Soccer Project, 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron, Killingworth Community Consortium, 1st Wallsend Girls Brigade, 5th Whitley Bay (1st Cullercoats) Scout Group, and West Moor Residents Association.

Mrs Thompson said: “The High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards is a chance to recognise the work of children and young people in our community who are doing great things.

“Many young people learn about citizenship by engaging in community projects.

“This could be a football or boxing club teaching young people about respect and equality to youth clubs and intervention services tackling harder issues in the community.

“I’m delighted to be able to support this work through the High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Fund at the Community Foundation, and would like to congratulate all of the winners for the inspirational work which they achieve.”

Jane Fox, Commanding Officer of Whitley Bay Sea Cadets, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear for this generous award.

“We strive to give young people from our region the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and fun.

“The donation will be put towards our offshore voyage around the UK on TS Petchey in April which is a valuable opportunity for our cadets to live, sleep, work and sail one of our fleet of training ships as a team, as well as gaining lots of qualifications and creating fantastic memories.”

For more information about how you can support the awards scheme visit www.hsevents.co.uk