A FIREFIGHTER from Ellesmere Port saw his commitment and professionalism to helping young people was recognised at a presentation evening.
Since the first ever Prince’s Trust course run by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service was completed 17 years ago, more than 2,300 young people have, to date, benefited from the input of Prince’s Trust leaders at the service.
At a presentation evening held at fire service headquarters in Winsford, six of those leaders were recognised for their commitment and professionalism when working with Cheshire’s young people.
John Walkey, based in Ellesmere Port, was joined by youth engagement manager Nick Evans, Isobel Sykes and Ian Hegarty, all based at service headquarters, Pete Jones, who works out of Crewe Fire Station, and Lee Lappin, who looks after the Halton area Prince’s Trust teams, received commemorative pin badges from Cheshire Fire Authority chairman David Topping.
Speaking at the event, Cllr Topping said: “Over the years the Prince’s Trust team has embraced the changes brought about to meet the changing needs and challenges that the young people bring, continuing to deliver courses to a very high standard. Between them, the recipients of today’s recognition have been instrumental in the continuing success of the Prince’s Trust programme in Cheshire.”
A large part of the Prince’s Trust course is involved with assisting the local community. Since the service began delivering the programme it is believed about £200,000 has been given in kind through volunteering and community projects, benefiting the elderly and vulnerable in the community.