Uckfield teens’ dreams come true

Natalie Armitage pictured with Rotary President Geoff Davies. Photo by Ron Hill
Natalie Armitage pictured with Rotary President Geoff Davies. Photo by Ron Hill
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Impressive presentations by two teenagers have won them coveted awards.

Natalie Armitage and Laura Critchley, both from Uckfield, are winners of Uckfield Rotary Club’s ‘Making Dreams Come True’ awards.

Of the 11 applications - the highest number yet - the two stood out and both have been awarded £750.

On Monday May 12 Uckfield Rotary Club President Geoff Davies presented cheques to Natalie and Laura, congratulating them but also praising contributions by the others whose contributions were impressive.

Last Saturday Natalie left for South Africa where she starts a three-month placement working with the internationally renowned Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

She has already been active in the campaigning field, discussing issues about youth unemployment on TV with national politicians.

She has visited South Africa before and hopes this will help towards her dissertation.

Laura is at university and after her exams she has arranged a trek in Nepal.

She and a friend had been hoping to go on a visit organised by the university, but when this fell through they decided to go anyway.

While they are there, they will be volunteering to work in an orphanage and taking time to look at the country’s healthcare system, as well as exploring the spectacular countryside.

They have already made contact with members of a Rotary Club in Katmandu.

Once they return, Natalie and Laura will be invited to a Club meeting, when they will tell members what they have been up to.

Geoff Davies said he and members are looking forward to hearing their stories.

The Club also made a smaller award to Jamie Bedwell to pay for equipment he needs to pursue his athletic ambitions.

Mr Davies said the other applications also covered fascinating and challenging activities and all were worthy of consideration.

The 2015 award will be launched in January and members look forward to hearing from potential applicants with a varied range of interests.