£500 donation

Families First members (front left to right) Marcus Myrie, Linda Howlett and Paul Thompson) with Catcote Business and Enterprise College Staff and students (left to right) Paul Sowerby, Aaron Tumilty, Kamara Starling, Aidin McDonald, Jonathan Blythe, Craig Jervis and Malcolm Kilner
Families First members (front left to right) Marcus Myrie, Linda Howlett and Paul Thompson) with Catcote Business and Enterprise College Staff and students (left to right) Paul Sowerby, Aaron Tumilty, Kamara Starling, Aidin McDonald, Jonathan Blythe, Craig Jervis and Malcolm Kilner
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GENEROUS youngsters have donated a £500 prize they received for sprucing up a rooftop garden area at a popular centre.

Pupils from Catcote Academy, in Catcote Road, won the volunteering category in the national Citizenship Award for their efforts on the roof at One77, in the town’s York Road.

Eight teenagers from the BESD (Behavioural, Emotional, Social Difficulties) department had been working on the project and helped clean up the area as well as paint murals. Pupils entered their project into a national competition ran by The Citizenship Foundation and won volunteering project of the year and they have now donated the £500 prize to Hartlepool Families First, based at the One77 venue.

Paul Sowerby, teacher at Catcote Academy, said: “The pupils we have in the BESD department have not managed to remain in mainstream school due to the complex needs they have.

“Therefore I was particularly impressed with every pupil who contributed to the success of the project as they had their own issues to deal with as well as the completing the project to a very high standard.”

Craig Jervis, a pupil at the Academy, added: “It was a great opportunity to do something for other people as well as experience something new.”

In October, pupils and staff were invited down to London and were awarded their certificate and £500 charity donation at Her Majesty’s Treasury.

In the Churchill rooms pupils from Catcote Academy along with winners in other categories from other schools were presented with their award from Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society.

One77 is a social enterprise providing opportunities to “engage and inspire” young people.

Catcote Academy, in Catcote Road, is a co-educational special school for learners with moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.