For the third consecutive year a Barton Peveril student has reached the national finals of the Lions Young Ambassador of the year competition.
The Lions Young Ambassador scheme acknowledges the work of young people working as volunteers. The scheme, which operates throughout Europe, aims to recognise, encourage and support young people who are actively involved in the welfare of the community.
After winning the district finals held in Bournemouth in January, Jake Toomer(16), represented the Central Southern England District of the Lions Club at the national finals held in Dudley last weekend (22-24th February).
Jake did not progress to the next stage, a European-wide competition, but is pictured above, receiving his finalists trophy and certificate from the Chairman of the Council of Governors of the Lions Club, Martin Morgan.
Jake followed in the footsteps of Becky Bellworthy (2011) and Laura Pellegrini (2012), both from Barton Peveril, when he joined 12 other district finalists in the national competition.
Jake has helped run open days and fundraising activities for Southampton’s Down to Earth Community Farm and is currently helping the farm to establish its new community café.
Jake is also trained to work with Beaver and Cub packs. He recently completed his bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and, as a member of the Air Explorer Scouts, is learning to fly a glider.
A former pupil of Mountbatten school, Jake is an energetic dancer with Wickham Morris, a hobby which helps him keep fit and raises more than £1000 for charity every year through donations from appreciative audiences.
“I have been involved with helping others within my community and fundraising for different groups for as long as I can remember,”
“I am using my work with the community café for my silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and plan to use my photography skills to produce some large art pieces to display on the walls.”
Barton Peveril principal, Jonathan Prest, said:
“Jake did brilliantly well to get through to the finals of this prestigious competition and follow in the illustrious footsteps of another former Mountbatten pupil, Becky Bellworthy.”
“Like Becky and Laura before him, Jake devotes a great deal of his time to helping others and making an exceptional contribution to his local community.”
Jake is taking A-level photography, maths, physics and chemistry at Barton Peveril. His finalist’s bursary from Lions International will help to support his work at the Down to Earth farm.