From Daisy to Disney
THEY spent their summer holidays raising awareness about sun safety.
The Daisy Chains' project has shone through in the judges' eyes and the four girls behind the campaign have been crowned 2012 Humberside Police Lifestyle Champions.
Sisters Bridget, 13, Chloe, 14, and Maisie Allenby, 10, along with Shannon Bell, 14 and Aimee Hatton, 12, were ecstatic when their names were called out at the glitzy awards ceremony at Hull City Hall last night.
Their efforts have won them the holiday of a lifetime to Florida next year, which will include a visit to Disney World.
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Paul Lyons, Lifestyle Awards supporter from Arco, said: "Judging the Lifestyle project this year was extremely difficult.
"All the teams showed commitment, enthusiasm and enterprise.
"The final decision was exceptionally close but Daisy Chains claimed the overall prize because of the sheer scope of their project.
"They linked businesses and schools in a skin cancer education campaign, they ran a community stall at Cottingham Day, designed an educational website, raised significant funds and their sensory room will be a Lifestyle legacy for years to come.
"They fully deserve their top prize."
The girls, all from Cottingham, were among 4,000 participants, aged from 10 to 16, from the Humberside Police region who teamed up with their friends during the summer holidays to improve their communities.
Lifestylers gave up tens of thousands of hours and raised almost £87,000 towards good causes this year.
Projects varied from mini- Olympics and awareness on dyslexia to road safety and environmental issues.
Hundreds of this year's participants attended last night's ceremony unaware of which prize they would receive for their efforts – from a day out at Alton Towers to team-building adventure trips to Wales and France.
If judges found the Lifestyle winners hard to pick, this year's GreenScene winners proved even trickier.
The award is for the group who act as great ambassadors for change as green crusaders and their commitment to creating greener communities.
In the end the judges awarded it jointly to Hull groups The Reds and Thirty Green Fingers.
Etaine Bowmer, Reesha Phillipson and Sophia Smart-Lee, all aged 10, known collectively at The Reds, tackled an allotment at Hall Road Primary School, in north Hull, as well as clearing up a playing field.
Declan Pell, 11, Harry Beaumont, 11, and Connor Pell, 12, teamed up as Thirty Green Fingers and organised fundraisers to pay for colourful herb planters for Jack Kaye Walk, in west Hull, and cleared a long local path.
The team then organised a day trip to Bridlington and provided lunch for them.
Mountain bikes and trophies were presented to each of the winners by Peter Stevenson, area manager from the Environment Agency.
He said: "Each of the GreenScene finalists have worked so hard and excelled at our challenge.
"We are so impressed with the effort and passion the Lifestylers have put into Lifestyle 2012 that The Reds and Thirty Green Fingers jointly deserved the award."
The awards, which were hosted by Viking FM's Jim Coulson and Rosie Madison, also featured a stunning performance from students at Wyke College.
Lifestyle's principal supporter Malcolm Joslin, of BP, said: "The Lifestyle awards ceremony is always a special event in the year for us – a great evening with so many inspirational young people who really deserve this recognition."
Lifestyle finalist teams The Bin Buddies, from Tickton, LFK Youth, from Hull, and Fortunate Five, from Scunthorpe, each came away with an adventure holiday to France, including two days at Disney Land Paris and MGM Studios, as well as a tour of Paris.
Overwhelmed by the efforts this year, the organisers also gave five additional teams trips to France – The Ultras, from Holderness, The Bigger Picture, from Goole, Northern Delights, from Hessle, Pink Lightening, from Hull, and Alexander's Angels, from South Axholme.