The independent London newspaper

Skydivers swoop to pick up charity award

19 October, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Ben Everitt, left, and James Hopson with Mayor of Islington David Poyser

TWO teenagers who skydived for charity were among award-winners at a celebration of Islington’s young people on Wednesday evening.

Youth charity Prospex, based in Holloway, handed out accolades at the fourth annual awards ceremony honouring the work of youngsters aged eight to 21.

James Hopson, 17, and Ben Everitt, 18, received the Prospex Ethos award for their engagement with the charity’s young programmes and for raising £1,025 for the organisation by jumping out of a plane over the summer.

Prospex chief executive Richard Frankland said: “They’ve given above and beyond what you would expect of young people. They didn’t just take part in programmes, they wanted to give something back and that’s what we recognised.”

Mayor David Poyser with Ellie Richards

Prospex, set up in 2001, offers classes alongside running out­reach programmes to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Other award-winners included adult volunteer of the year, Ellie Richards, for bringing “oodles of enthusiasm” to her role.

Three Jack Petchey Achievement awards, seven young leaders’ certificates and five first-aid certificates were handed out.

Mr Frankland added: “All the awards winners were completely deserving for different things.”


Share this story

Post a comment