Two teenagers have both been given a Certificate of Appreciation award by Cheadle Town Council for their expertise in setting up a skate park competition in the Summer. Lewis Hide, aged 15, and Mark Shingler, aged 18, organised the event at Tean Road Recreation Ground through the council’s Community Reassurance programme, which has been engaging with park users since the summer.
Two teenagers have both been given a Certificate of Appreciation award by Cheadle Town Council for their expertise in setting up a skate park competition in the Summer.
Lewis Hide, aged 15, and Mark Shingler, aged 18, organised the event at Tean Road Recreation Ground through the council’s Community Reassurance programme, which has been engaging with park users since the summer.
The competition proved popular with youngsters with medals being handed out as prizes.
Cheadle Town Mayor Sue Walley presented both Lewis and Mark with their award on Sunday, November 21 alongside consort Keith and Community Reassurance leader Nicky Derrett and volunteer Annie Devereux (all pictured).
Lewis said: “It was lovely meeting the Mayor today and to feel acknowledged.
“The park is a great place to be.”
Mark added: “I was surprised that what we do is recognised and valued. Thank you for the award.”
Nicky said: “I want to thank Lewis and Mark for their continued positive contribution towards the community and park activities throughout the summer.
“They very much deserve their award from the Mayor.”
A spokesperson for Cheadle Town Council stated: “This is deserved recognition for Lewis and Mark, who have seen an opportunity to pull together an event for the park community.
“It is particularly pleasing when young people do something positive in the town.
“There is no doubt that many of our younger generation inspire confidence and optimism for others, so it is only right to acknowledge the difference it makes.”
Cheadle Town councillor Kate Martin, who is chair of leisure and operations committee, had previously been pushing for the idea for a community reassurance programme during her time on the council, and told the Times & Echo that she was pleased to see the positive effect it is producing.
She thanked Lewis and Mark for their involvement in organising the competition, adding: “Once again this shows the importance of having community reassurance on the park.”
Meanwhile, Annie has been so inspired by her voluntary work in the programme that she has decided to turn it into a career – something cllr Martin hailed as “brilliant” news.
Annie said: “Since working with Nicky on the park and talking to her about youth workers and what they do, my mind has changed about my future career.
“In September, I am going to university to study youth work.
“I want to have the educational knowledge, as well as the life experience, to help with becoming a youth worker. It is a job that is very much needed in society.”
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