Project Challenge celebrates 20 years: meet the people behind the scenes

Proud: Peter Dawber and Lorna Butterwick with some of the awards
Proud: Peter Dawber and Lorna Butterwick with some of the awards

MOST, if not everyone who meets the Project Challenge team know they are something special so it’s no surprise their hard work has been recognised plenty of times over the last 20 years.

Everyone from the Home Office to the Rotary Club have praised their tireless work.

In 1997 they won a National Training Award, they have a Millennium Excellence Award and consecutive Crime Concern certificates.

They were given the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris fellow.

Pete was named Outstanding Individual Achievement at the Courier’s Community and Environment Awards.

He was given a standing ovation and a huge round of applause when his name was read out.

Steve Duncan from Community Foundation for Calderdale, which sponsored the award, praised Pete and said: “He is literally changing the lives of hundreds of challenging young people who are invariably not involved in any form of education, work or training.

“He is a fantastic motivator and a very gifted youth worker.”

And for Trustee Roger Harvey said it is no surprise to him the team win so much,

“We’ve the right people there. It’s not a nine to five job, it’s something you do with passion.”

But they are also the ones who hand out the awards.

They offer the Duke of Edinburgh full bronze award and for eight years awarded the Gold award and guide the young people through their qualifications.