Uckfield teenagers ‘make dreams come true’

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TWO COMMITTED teenagers outstripped their rivals to win coveted awards from Uckfield Rotary Club.

The Club runs a competition each year called Making Dreams Come True which gives money to youngsters considered to have done outstanding work for charity or their community.

There were 11 applicants this year. Judges said they were all of such a high calibre this year which made their final decision one of the most difficult ones they have had to make.

The winner was Victoria Hyett, 18 who wins £1,000 and runner up was Matilda Sherwood, 17, who wins £500. The money both receive will go towards both the girls’ projects. Cheques were presented last Monday evening by Rotary president Chris Purser at the Halland Forge Motel.

Victoria Hyett from Birch Path, Uckfield attends Christ’s Hospital School and has four ‘A’ Levels in biology, chemistry, physics and maths. After attending Chailey School she is going to Zambia on a GirlGuiding Laser trip to promote the importance of literacy and spread the joy of reading to children in Meheba.

She will be working alongside the Book Bus charity and must work to raise the £3,000 needed for the trip herself, including any equipment she may need during her two-week stay.

Matilda Sherwood from Eastbourne Road, Halland attends Lewes Grammar School where she is head girl and sports captain.

She belongs to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and will be undertaking a month-long mission to Tanzania helping to build a school for disadvantaged children. She has to raise £4,000 towards expenses for the trip including visas, vaccinations and equipment.

Both girls will be reporting back to the Uckfield Rotary Club when they are home and their projects are completed.

Georgina Gamble, mother of Daniel Gamble – the talented linguist killed by a suicide bomber who was the 100th British soldier to die in Afghanistan – attended the ceremony. The award is given in memory of her son and was set up by Georgina.

It aims to recognise outstanding contributions by young people in the fields of voluntary community work both at home and overseas.