Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Four of the Best in Volunteering

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Four of the Best in Volunteering

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THEY move mountains for our young people in the North East.

Now, four volunteers have been nominated for a regional award from The Prince's Trust for helping the youth charity to support disadvantaged and troubled children.

The Trust's Celebrate Success ceremony, now in its sixth year, will take place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel next Thursday.

The glitzy event will also honour 30 young people, volunteers and supporters from across the region who have been short-listed for nine awards for outstanding achievements.

The event comes after The Prince's Trust first Youth Week, a national campaign to challenge negative perceptions about young people, which ends today.

Maggie Drysdale, Valerie Wilkinson, Ed Lawson and Glenn Todd are all vying for the Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Chronicle.

Here, reporter A LASTAIR CRAIG looks at the achievements of the four nominees.

ED LAWSON

DEDICATED Ed Lawson, main picture, is getting troubled young people off street corners and into the business world.

Ed, 65, has been a business mentor for the Trust since 2002 and is supporting three disadvantaged young people to set up in enterprise.

He has a huge business knowledge, having been involved in senior management for many years. He has the ability to pass this knowledge and expertise on in a way that is both clear and practical.

He is committed to his role and spends huge amounts of his time thinking up new ideas.

Ed, of Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, said: "I'm very flattered to be up for an award, especially as all the volunteers work so hard."

In the last five years alone, The Prince's Trust Business Programme has helped 2,166 young people from across the region to set up in business through low-interest loans, grants and mentoring for up to three years.

MAGGIE DRYSDALE

HER years of business experience have helped other entrepreneurs to flourish.

There is no such thing as a day off for Maggie Drysdale, 44, of Stakeford, near Ash-ington.

When she's not busy giving advice in her full-time role as an account manager for Business Link, her time is taken up with mentoring duties with the Prince's Trust. …

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