Boys (10) win Heart of Community award

Sean English, MD at Grand Central Rail, Alex Bray, Engagement manager and Stakeholder, with winners Ben Peckitt and Saul Bateman

Sean English, MD at Grand Central Rail, Alex Bray, Engagement manager and Stakeholder, with winners Ben Peckitt and Saul Bateman

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Two unsung heroes from Scarborough have been selected as the North East winners of Grand Central’s Heart of the Community Awards at an awards ceremony this week.

Ten-year-olds Ben Peckitt and Saul Bateman have been crowned community champions after they were nominated by Jodie Peckitt, Ben’s mum, for the boys’ fundraising activities

for SASH, an organisation dedicated to preventing vulnerable young people from becoming homeless.

The judges were particularly impressed by the boys’ commitment to their community at such a young age. Recently, Ben and Saul organised and participated in a sponsored sleep-out and wet sponge event to highlight some of the issues faced by homeless people.

Three weeks into their project, the boys had raised over £130 and over 60 food donations. Ben and Saul will receive a family trip to London, including rail travel, hotel and visit to The London Bridge Experience and Tombs attraction, as well as a £500 donation from Grand Central to the charity of their choice.

Sean English, Acting Managing Director at Grand Central, said: “Ben and Saul really stood out as not only have they done some great work to better their local community, but at such a young age and with such enthusiasm and dedication.”

Ben said: “We are overwhelmed to be chosen as the overall winners in the North East of this year’s Grand Central Heart of the Community Awards.

“To receive an award for this makes us really proud.”