Windfall for Sunderland youth group

High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Ashley Winter OBE with Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig and Vivienne Stapley from the Sir James Knott Trust with young people from Hendon Young People's Project.
High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Ashley Winter OBE with Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig and Vivienne Stapley from the Sir James Knott Trust with young people from Hendon Young People's Project.
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A YOUTH group has been given a funding boost.

Hendon Young People’s Project (HYPP) has been awarded a £1,500 grant at the annual High Sheriff Community Awards.

A total of £25,00 was handed out to 44 community and voluntary groups by the scheme, which recognises the good work of community and voluntary groups in the region.

Organisations received grants of £400 or £1,500, with one top award of £2,000 going to St John Ambulance.

The event at Newcastle’s Centre for Life was hosted by Paralympian and Young Sports Personality of the Year Josef Craig.

Nine groups from Sunderland were grant winners, including the East End-based youth project.

Ashley Winter, High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, said: “Hendon Young People’s Project thoroughly deserved to win the top award of £1,500, and the panel were unanimous in their decision.

“All of the other groups that received £400 were brilliant, and I hope that they continue their excellent work with young people.

“We have had a marvellous night here at the Centre for Life, and I’d like to thank Josef for his inspiring speech and for posing for so many photos.

“He is a remarkable young man.”

Bob Murray, from HYPP, said: “We were delighted to be top High Sheriff Award winner in Sunderland.

“The young people have done remarkable well raising funds for the group through running jumble sales, car washing and bag packing and sponsored events, so it’s brilliant they have been recognised in this way.

“We are going to let the young people decide how they would like to spend the money.”

A total of £5,100 was handed out to Sunderland groups, which was also shared out between Lambton Street Youth Centre; Chance; Biddick Sports College Community Gymnastic Club; Ryhope Allstars Marching Jazz Band; Youth Almighty Project; Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project; Blue Watch Youth Centre; 36 (Hetton-le-Hole) Squadron Air Training Corp and Sunderland Samba FC.

Josef Craig added: “It was such an honour to be invited to speak at the awards and to be able to speak to such a deserving bunch of young people.”