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Hillstreet Bursary Winners 2014

January 8, 2018

Hillstreet are delighted to announce the winners of their bursaries for 2014.

Four groups were chosen from over 30 entries and the winners receiving £500 each are:

  • Berwick Hills Primary School
  • Acklam Women’s Rugby Team
  • 37th Middlesbrough Unit Brownies
  • Newham Bridge Primary School

This year saw the highest number of applications so far, meaning that judging was extremely difficult as we received entries from so many deserving causes.

We would like to pass on our congratulations to the four winning groups as well as thank everyone who got in touch with us to apply, and wish them the best of luck in achieving their aims.


Berwick Hills Primary School

This application was received from Hayley Hughes, Senior teacher, Eco Leader and Community Links Leader at the school.

Hayley said that the school run a popular Gardening Club as part of their work towards receiving the Green Flag Award, and in July they will be holding their first Summer Show with an eco-friendly theme.

Children will be taking part in competitions such as best grown produce and miniature gardens as well as creating articles for craft stalls and running game stalls.

Pictured left are Hayley Hughes, pupils Cole Prior and Hallie Watson who are part of the Gardening Club, and Debbie Young.

Acklam Women’s Rugby Team

Mark Collins, Acklam RUFC Coordinator contacted us.

Mark told us that Acklam RUFC Women’s are a brand new team soon to take part in their first matches. Many of the team are aged 18-24 which is a key fall out age with sport, and they have also succeeded in getting ex-students back into the sport.

As a new team they are in need of specialist equipment as they have previously been borrowing from the men’s team.

They are also keen to promote the team to raise awareness that there is a Middlesbrough-based women’s rugby club.

Mark is pictured on the right, with Hillstreet Centre Manager Peter Drabble alongside team members Atalaya Barker, Hailey Burton, Kirsty Mann, Christine O’Brien, Hannah Crackell, Anwyn Barker and Barbara Thomas.

37th Middlesbrough Brownies

The application was received from Michele Bowker, a trainee Guider working for 37th Middlesbrough Brownies who are based at St John’s Church.

Michele told us that their group of sixteen Brownies are attending the Big Birthday Bash at Redcar Racecourse to meet with other Brownies and Guides from around the North East celebrating their 100th anniversary year.

Fundraising is vital for the group as they strive to keep costs down for parents and they hold a weekly cake sale. The group are in need of resources such as stationery and crafting materials, ingredients to teach the girls cooking skills and basic sports items.

Pictured with Centre Manager Peter Drabble are group leader Mandy Leach, trainee Guider Michele Bowker, and Brownies Eleanor Simmons, Aimee-Nicole Steele and Erin McCarthy.

Newham Bridge Primary School

The application was received from Michele Bowker, a trainee Guider working for 37th Middlesbrough Brownies who are based at St John’s Church.

Michele told us that their group of sixteen Brownies are attending the Big Birthday Bash at Redcar Racecourse to meet with other Brownies and Guides from around the North East celebrating their 100th anniversary year.

Fundraising is vital for the group as they strive to keep costs down for parents and they hold a weekly cake sale. The group are in need of resources such as stationery and crafting materials, ingredients to teach the girls cooking skills and basic sports items.

Pictured with Centre Manager Peter Drabble are group leader Mandy Leach, trainee Guider Michele Bowker, and Brownies Eleanor Simmons, Aimee-Nicole Steele and Erin McCarthy.