Making a move to support group

Left to right:- Callum Jones, 14; Jasmine Riley, 13; Zara Rolland, 13; and Remy Van Breugal, 13.

Left to right:- Callum Jones, 14; Jasmine Riley, 13; Zara Rolland, 13; and Remy Van Breugal, 13.

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A housebuilder has made a move to help a group after it lost access to its IT equipment.

Marden Duke of Edinburgh, based in North Shields, helps more than 100 young people aged between 13 and 25 to gain their Bronze, Silver or Gold awards as part of the Duke of Edinburgh initiative.

The progress is recorded by the participants on an online portal, but following a venue change, the group lost access to desktop computers.

As a result, Story Homes donated £500 to enable group leader Alan Walton to buy new IT equipment.

Alan said: “Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh Award is a life-changing experience for many young people, boosting their confidence and helping them to develop important life skills that they will use in their future careers.

“It really is vital that our young people have access to IT equipment to enable them to record their progress with Duke of Edinburgh online.

“Thanks to support from Story Homes we have been able to purchase four brand new laptops which is absolutely fantastic and a huge help.”

Story Homes has two developments in North Tyneside – Dove Park and Brierdene.

Ian Worgan, managing director of Story Homes in the North East, said: “Story Homes has a long history of supporting charities and community groups – particular in the Cumbria region. We want to replicate that support as we expand into the North East, so were more than happy to help when we received the sponsorship request from Marden Duke of Edinburgh.”

Callum Jones, 14, from North Shields, said: “This is my first time doing Duke of Edinburgh.

“I am starting to work towards by Bronze award. I’m looking forward to learning new skills with other people my age and having lots of fun with it at the same time.”

Story Homes is welcoming sponsorship applications from local charities and community groups in the areas around its developments in North Tyneside, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. To apply visit www.storyhomes.co.uk/sponsorship