Student volunteers are shortlisted for award

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Five students have been shortlisted for a top award after giving up most of their summer holiday to help out at a children’s play scheme.

St Hild’s Church of England School pupils, Amy Harrington, 15, Caitlin Relton, 15, Hannah Leighton, 13 and Carlita Leighton, 12, joined former pupil Amy Fletcher, a Northumbria University student, to help out at the Hartlepool play scheme.

They gave up four weeks of their summer holiday to volunteer at the Summer Fun Club, an annual play scheme run by St Hild’s in conjunction with Positive Parents, a group of volunteers from the local community.

Julie Fletcher, the school’s Community Manager, has nominated the girls for an award in the Cornerstone of the Community Awards run by Newcastle Building Society after being impressed by their commitment and hard work.

She has nominated them in the Young Person’s Award category which recognises youngsters who show potential to make a positive impact in the local area. They will find out if they have won at a ceremony at Wynyard Hall on November 26.

Julie said: “I felt they thoroughly deserved to be nominated because of their hard work and willingness to help others. They gave up most of their summer holiday to ensure that other children taking part in the play scheme had fun and enjoyed themselves. Their manners were impeccable and they worked tirelessly. Indeed, external agencies that supported the play scheme commented that they were excellent ambassadors for the school and great role models.”

The girls carried out a range of tasks during the four weeks of the play scheme, including maintaining registers, escorting children to different classrooms, helping with activities and cleaning up at the end of the day.

They also set up a tuck shop in Julie’s office at the school and helped raise £200 for Positive Parents.

Julie added: “An award would be deserved recognition for their unselfish efforts. Excitement is building ahead of the ceremony.”