The Hartlepool students who gave up their summer holidays to help children

From left, Carlita Leighton, Amy Harrington, Caitlin Relton and Hannah Leighton.
From left, Carlita Leighton, Amy Harrington, Caitlin Relton and Hannah Leighton.

Five students who gave up most of their summer holidays to help out at a children’s play scheme in Hartlepool are celebrating after winning a top award.

Amy Harrington, 15, Caitlin Relton, 15,Hannah Leighton, 13 and Carlita Leighton, 12, are all pupils at the town’s St Hild’s Church of England School, while Amy Fletcher, a former pupil of the school, is now studying at Northumbria University.

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.

Impressed by their commitment and hard work, Julie Fletcher, the school’s community manager, subsequently nominated the girls for an award in the Young Person’s category of the Cornerstone of the Community Awards run by Newcastle Building Society.

They were confirmed as the winners at a recent ceremony at Wynyard Hall.

Julie said: “I am absolutely delighted for the girls.

“Their sheer hard work, willingness to help others and impeccable manners were commented upon 
at the time of the play scheme, but this award is further well deserved recognition and the icing on the cake.”

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.