Two schoolchildren have been made Young Ricky Champions for their moving contributions to local life.
Ethan Sumpter, 11, and Jenna Shilling-Bawden, 14, were honoured and presented medals by Three Rivers District councillor Phil Williams during the official opening of Ricky Week on Saturday, May 11 at Basing House, Rickmansworth.
Ethan was nominated by his school, St Mary’s, because after an assembly about homelessness, he wrote a ‘beautiful’ letter to their school business manager with his vision on how he would like to help.
He requested a sleeping bag as a Christmas present, which he gifted to the homeless, arranged for children to bring items into school to donate to New Hope, and raised a further £100 through a cake sale.
Ethan said: “I was so surprised when I found out my school had nominated me, I never thought I would win.”
Jenna, who is a pupil at Watford Girls Grammar School, was put forward by 1st Rickmansworth Scout Leaders, who said: “Jenna has shown commitment to the Scout Association values for the past eight and a half years, whilst progressing through Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
“She has now achieved her Chief Scout’s Gold Award, completing her expedition, creative and outdoor challenge badges along the way. Jenna helps as a young leader at Beavers. She also plays canoe polo with the Nomad Kayak Club’s youth team, based at the Aquadrome.”
Jenna commented: “I am proud to have been chosen. I take part in as many Scout activities as I can and enjoy helping at Beavers.”