A TEAM of teenage mums hit new heights after cooking up a recipe for success and going on a two-day expedition.
Five mums – Jess Elliot, Rachel Weeks and Sarah Rowley, all 17, Alyx Culyer, 15, and Chloe Coyle, 16 – have been given silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards for their efforts.
The teenagers all attend North Tyneside’s young mothers’ unit at Queen Alexandra College in North Shields.
Supported by youth workers, the five, all mums of one, completed all four elements of the challenge at the same times as looking after their babies.
They took a cookery course culminating in the production of a recipe book, carried out voluntary work for the RSPCA and conservation work at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus at Ponteland and at the Rising Sun Country Park in Benton, as well as taking part in an expedition near Haltwhistle in Northumberland involving hiking, map-reading and route-planning.
North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning, David Lilly, of Tynemouth, said: “It is a great achievement for any young person, but it is particularly impressive that these young mothers have been able to complete the challenge alongside caring for a young child.
“The life skills they have gained are invaluable and they will benefit both the mother and child.”