By Terry Bearpark
Humberside Police hosted the 2022 Lifestyle Awards last Wednesday for the first time in two years to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the young people who spent their summer completing projects to make a difference in their communities.
This year Lifestylers have donated more than 4,000 hours of their time and raised £10,938 towards good causes.
During the ceremony, presented by Alex and Nicola from Viking FM, 46 teams were invited on to the stage at Jubilee Central in Hull to accept their certificates and prizes for their work and dedication over the summer.
The two overall winning teams were also announced by the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Jacky Bowes. Senior winners, the Sunflowers from Holderness Academy, were rewarded with a trip to London for their work to raise awareness of mental health, in particular the Ruben’s Voice charity.
The team of five, Emma Smithson, Lucie Metcalfe, Chloe Bell, Tallulah Foster and Skye Wilson, wanted to raise awareness of mental health and also of Ruben’s Voice, which encourages people to talk about mental health in their area.
The group arranged bake and sweet bag sales, a sponsored beach clean-up at Hornsea, a sponsored walk over the Humber Bridge and handed out more than 500 leaflets for a concert that Ruben’s Voice was holding.
In addition, the team handed out packets of sunflower seeds as random acts of kindness and gave away forget-me-not plants they had grown from seeds.
The Sunflowers also won a Company Challenge prize from the NHS Headstart Hull Challenge Young People’s Mental Health.
Junior winners, the Fire Flames, also won a trip to London for their work with elderly and vulnerable people in their community.
One of the six finalists, the Seaside Society from Withernsea, has recognised the need for cleaning litter from the beach. The girls, Imogen Boasman, Seren Bell and Ellena Jones, collected more than 20 bags of litter and also raised awareness of the issue in the community and arranged community litter picks.
They also wanted to ensure that their hard work could be continued and decided to fundraise for a litter picking station to be a permanent fixture on the Promenade. They raised the £450 needed to purchase it. Withernsea Town Council has been very supportive of their plan and the team are just awaiting the necessary permission.
For their efforts they won a PGL adventure week in Wales and an Amazon Fire tablet each.
They also won the Arco Legacy Challenge in the Company Challenge section.
Also winning a Wales adventure were the Patrington Dynamos, Daisy Parker, Martha Drescher and William St Quinton. They chose to promote Patrington Cricket Club by running a family fun cricket session and making sweet bags to sell. The event was a great success and not only raised awareness of the sport but also raised cash for the club.
The Dynamos also won the Smith and Nephew Healthy Lifestyle Challenge Award.
There were various guests invited to the ceremony including Assistant Chief Constable Darren Wildbore and Superintendent Jenny Bristow who wished to congratulate the Lifestylers on their achievements.
Also among the group winners were the Jackson 5 from Thorngumbald Primary School, comprising Jack Doyle, Jack Turnbull, Riley Grindall, Ethan Holtby and NathanBourne.The team raised £605 by completing a sponsored walk, and split the proceedings between the Daisy Appeal and Thorngumbald Primary School.
The Two Bucketeers from Aldbrough, comprising Riley Hancox and Belle Cooke, also won a PGL Wales trip for their efforts serving the community. The pair volunteered at coffee mornings, weeded the pavement around
Aldbrough Youth Club, litter picked, and made pictures for people around the community. Finally they arranged a fundraising day at Aldbrough Youth Club which included a raffle, tombola and buns. In total they raised £401.99 with £300 going towards the youth club and the remainder to the food bank.
The Kingswood Academy Drum Line, Napa and Freedom Road Creative Arts also performed at the awards ceremony.
Lifestyle 2022 is only possible through commercial sponsorship, including: Arco, East Riding Council, NHS Clinical Trust, Smith and Nephew, Houltons, Lions, Cleveland, Safer Roads Humber, Bridgetown Systems, Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust, BAE Systems, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Humberside Police Federation, Jay Jay Media, Andrew Marr and Hull City Council.