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Brave teens rewarded for expedition

Project Challenge presentation evening for at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.
From the left, deputy mayor's consort Ken Lambert, deputy mayor Lisa Lambert, Joshua Lamonby-Helliwell, Cheryl Brearley, Simon Bostock, Lee Greenwood, Brian Ambler and Christian Drinnan.

Project Challenge presentation evening for at The Shay Stadium, Halifax. From the left, deputy mayor's consort Ken Lambert, deputy mayor Lisa Lambert, Joshua Lamonby-Helliwell, Cheryl Brearley, Simon Bostock, Lee Greenwood, Brian Ambler and Christian Drinnan.

A group of six teenagers were rewarded for their hard work on a 108km trek that took in temperatures as low as minus 20C.

Christian Drinnan, Cheryl Brearley, Simon Bush-Bostock, Lee Greenwood, Joshua Lamonby-Helliwell and Brian Ambler, all aged 16 to 19, took on the trip to Norway as part of the Project Challenge organisation.

Based at Dean Clough, Project Challenge helped young adults gain experience and qualifications to set them up for later life.

The group’s annual awards evening was held at The Shay, Halifax, where the teen swere able to share memories of their experience with friends and family.

Chief Superintendent Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, was in attendance to hand out awards to the group and praised their hard work and commitment.

Youth worker Tom Harnett said: “The awards are to recognise young people’s achievements.

“It was a two week cross country skiing expedition. We travelled 108km in total and four or five days we had to cope with total white-out conditions where you can’t see anything.”

The gruelling trip saw the youths spending twelve hours skiiing across the Norwegian countryside on the longest days.

“It’s far from a holiday,” said Tom. “It is extremely challenging but massively rewarding.

“You see the young people who take part who initially are struggling with confidence but now they a lot more confident have greatly improved communication skills.”

The challenge offers qualifications, includin ghte Duke of Edinburgh award, alongside the actual expedition before the awards ceremony to recognise all the hard work.

Lorna Butterick, business manager, said: “The awards ceremony is a chance for the young people to share with their friends and family.”

If you want to get involved go to projectchallenge.org.uk.

 

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