GALLERY: Fenland youth groups net hundreds of pounds at High Sheriff’s Awards

CASH to fund talent shows, DJ workshops and a play about teenage pregnancy was handed to Fenland youth groups at a memorable High Sheriff’s Awards night.

High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire Richard Barnwell, a former Mayor of Wisbech, presented grants to more than 20 organisations across the county.

The High Sheriff’s Award Scheme, managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, was set up more than 10 years ago to recognise achievement and provide funding to projects involving young people.

Mayors from across Cambridgeshire watched as volunteers were praised for their hard work and groups were rewarded with funding.

Young People March (YPM) was given �500 to continue a special ‘buddy’ scheme while Chillax Youth Club, in Whittlesey, was awarded �490 to write a script around the issue of teenage pregnancy and perform it to the community.


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WhitCo.Nect, a group of young people who represent schools in Whittlesey, netted �500 to organise a talent show and Commotion Youth Club, also in Whittlesey, was awarded �500 to fund four DJ workshops.

Peckover Puffins and March Brass will spend their �500 grants on new instruments.

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Volunteers Leigh Dawson, from YPM, Lily Tombleson, from Peckover Puffins, and Nikki Cornwell, from Chillax Youth Club, were awarded certificates for their tireless work with youngsters in Fenland.

Dignitaries at the presentation night were also treated to a performance by the Garage Youth Theatre and a demonstration of beatboxing by Beat This CIC.

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