Seventeen-year-old Tyler Creech has been presented with a gold service award for young leaders by Uckfield Lions.
Tyler, from the Churchcoombe Estate, who is studying on a catering course at Brighton, achieved the award by completing 157 hours of service over the past year when he worked in the Lions second hand bookshop in Olives Yard; helped with Santa and his sleigh in travels around Uckfield, and supported the Lions in other fund-raising events.
The Lions Young Leaders in Service Award recognises young people who provide significant levels of service to their communities.
They are available to those aged between 12 and 18, and are intended to reward and encourage activities that have a significant impact in meeting the needs of local communities.
Types of service could include service with community or religious organisations, agencies, institutions or the Lions Club, service through school-based groups, or individual efforts to help others, and improve the community.
Lion Chris Sherwood said it had been wonderful to see Tyler grow in confidence through his work with the club. When he started working at the bookshop he preferred to stay hidden behind the scenes but now is happy serving in the shop, helps at fetes, and with the sleigh.
Chris added: “Tyler has been a great help to us and it has been nice to see him come on as a person too.”
Chris added that the Lions support a Leos Club at Uckfield Community Technology College where students organise their own events to benefit the community.
If anyone is interested in learning more about the Lions Young Leaders in Service Award please contact Chris Sherwood on 01825 762839.
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