The finalists for the 2017 Lifestyle competition have been announced.
Of the thousands of young people participating in this year’s competition the judges have whittled it down to just six.
What is Lifestyle?
Now celebrating its 28th year, Lifestyle has been promoting community spirit since it began in 1989. Teams of 10-18 year olds are challenged to make a difference in their community. Activities this year included encouraging people to sign up to be an organ donor, painting hospital waiting rooms and children’s play areas.
Over 600 teams competed this year and the six finalists will be attending an award ceremony presented by BBC Weatherman Owain Wyn Evans.
Chief Constable Lee Freeman said:
The Lifestyle Project is a fantastic scheme which has played a positive role in shaping our communities for 28 years. Encouraging positivity and promoting teamwork amongst young people, the projects can really make a difference to local life.
This year we had over 600 groups take part and we’ve seen some really incredible projects that have succeeded in making an impact – from encouraging people to sign up to the organ donation register to decorating patient waiting rooms and children’s play areas.
It was an extremely difficult decision to choose the six finalists and I’m anticipating it will be even harder to choose the two winners. I look forward to welcoming and celebrating the hard work of all these inspirational young people.
We will be featuring one team per day on our website and social media channels over the next six days giving more detail about each of the teams and their projects in preparation for next Wednesday’s awards ceremony
I would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support in the Lifestyle initiative, without them it would not be possible for us to run this important community scheme. The level of dedication these young people show during their summer break is truly inspiring.
Who’s Heading To The Finals?
The three Junior finalist teams are:
- The Quirky Embracers team from Cottingham spent their summer holidays raising awareness of child and adolescent mental health and decorating the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) waiting room in Driffield to make it more inviting.
- The Fabulous Four team from North Ferriby who raised money and designed, printed and distributed a safe scooter guide to encourage families to exercise whilst also enjoying the outdoors.
- The Purple Oranges team from Wybers Wood, Grimsby who raised money to buy a defibrillator, which is now installed at the Jubilee Inn. They also cleaned up the area behind their school, filling 18 bags of rubbish in the process.
Winners of the Junior Finals will head on a holiday in France!
The three Senior finalist teams are:
- The Open Arms team from South Hunsley School were concerned that there was no specific provision for pets within Humberside Fire and Rescue Service so decided to raise money to buy special pet oxygen masks. They also did up the play area at North Cave Preschool.
- The Tribesmen team from Healing wanted to raise awareness of organ donation. To do this, they designed and distributed thousands of posters and appeared on Estuary TV to discuss the subject. They also raised money for St James’s Hospital in Leeds.
- The Well Wishers team from Humberston Academy created and delivered bags of essentials to people in unexpected circumstances – from hospitals to homeless shelters to women’s refuges.
Winners from the Senior Finals will be heading out on a trip to South Africa!
Hull.Today would like to say a big thank you to the corporate sponsors of this year’s Lifestyle competition:
- East Riding Yorkshire Council
- NHS Clinical Trust
- Smith and Nephew
- Tribune Trust
- High Sheriff
- National Grid
- Safer Roads.