Adventures ahead for Outward Bound teens
Published by Craig Downs for Frank Haslam Milan in Housing and also in Communities
Carl Morris (16), Lorraine O'Neil (CSR Coordinator FHM North East), Jimmy Simpson (16)
Two North East teenagers are looking forward to a summer of adventure after gaining places on a prestigious three-week long outdoor activity course.
Carl Morris and Jimmy Simpson, both 16, were chosen from scores of other teens to take part in the Outward Bound event after impressing Outward Bound team leaders during a five-day course last year.
The pair, who have just completed their GCSE exams, believe the course, which starts on Saturday 23rd July, will teach them valuable skills which could boost their employment opportunities.
Carl, a pupil at Stanley School of Technology in County Durham, said: “Not many people get an opportunity to do something like this so it will make us stand out when we are going for job interviews.
"I’d like to join the Royal Navy Commandos in the future so this is really good experience.”
Jimmy, a pupil at Excelsior Academy, in Newcastle, said: “I’d never done anything like this before but I really enjoyed the five-day course, especially the canoeing and other outdoor activities.
“I’m looking forward to going back and learning more.”
The project has been organised by Keepmoat, which runs an annual Outward Bound scheme, during which each of the companies within the Keepmoat group work with local schools to put forward pupils to take part in the course.
Carl and Jimmy’s schools worked with regeneration specialist Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East, which has carried out work in the communities in which both boys live.
The boys were among 72 young people from across the UK to be selected.
However, they were among just a select few from the original group to be asked to return to Ullswater for the longer course this summer.
FHM Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator Lorraine O’Neil said: “Both boys excelled during the course in November.
“They both worked really hard in all of the activities and were always willing to help other people who were struggling which is why they have been invited back.
“FHM always aims to put something back into the communities in which we work and this is just one way of doing that.”
The boys have both had to raise £200 towards the cost of the course themselves, with the rest funded by FHM.
Both have jobs – Carl as a customer services operator at the Tanfield Lee Business Centre in Stanley and Jimmy as a trainee mechanic – and have raised extra funds by carrying out odd jobs for neighbours.
And despite the unpredictable nature of the British summer, the boys won’t have to worry about getting wet after being presented with a goodie bag by FHM for their trip containing waterproof jackets, warm walking socks, hats, water bottles and more.