Pupils off to the palace for top award

Young people from the Nowt 2 Do project, based at Fred Longworth High School
Young people from the Nowt 2 Do project, based at Fred Longworth High School

PUPILS from a secondary school will get to rub shoulders with royalty at Buckingham Palace after a successful activities’ programme scooped a major award.

Nowt2Do, based at Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour of its kind in the country.

The scheme’s founder, PC Andy Wright, will now be accompanied by pupils and school representatives to attend Her Majesty’s garden party in the grounds of the palace today (Thursday).

The project, which runs activities in the evenings and during school holidays ranging from dance and music to courses teaching skills such as bricklaying, is one of a dozen North West projects to be given the Queen’s Award, which is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups. as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

PC Wright said: “Everyone involved in the Nowt2Do project is delighted to be awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. To receive the highest national honour that can be bestowed upon groups like Nowt2Do is just amazing.”

The group from Fred Longworth and Astley St Mary’s Catholic High School will travel down to the capital to visit Buckingham Palace on Thursday to celebrate receiving their prize.

The Queen’s Award caps off a highly successful 2013 for Nowt2Do, which has seen the group pick up several prizes for its work.

Fred Longworth, deputy head Pete Hodkinson, said: “This award is a tribute to Tyldesley and to all the young people who have helped make this a national and royal success.”