The achievements of the younger members of the Crawley Lions Club have been recognised by the organisation’s HQ in the USA.
The Lions met for a social evening on Thursday (July 3) where the four teenagers were acknowledged for the many hours’ work they had carried out within the community as part of the Young Leaders In Service award.
Nusaybah Ahmed, 18, along with Benedict Corner, Kieran Mclean and Josh Sadler, who are all 16, were presented with gold certificates from the Lions International President in Chicago.
Nusaybah was the Young Lions ambassador in 2013 and served as a corporal in the Crawley ATC and Royal Air Forces Association.
She later resigned her post to enable her to concentrate on her A levels.
Benedict, Kieran and Josh are still ATC members.
In addition, Tumsil Abbas, 18, received the District Governor’s Appreciation certificate for his work both as a member of the Lions and as Youth Mayor of Crawley.
Gary Davies, Lions’ youth chairman, said: “When you look at the work these young people have been doing in the community, they are a credit to Crawley and it’s good to think that the future of Crawley is in safe hands.”
Gary said 50 Crawley teenagers were currently working towards their Young Leaders In Service award, including guides, scouts and members of the Young Persons Council.
The success of the award reflected the recent regeneration of the group, which came dangerously close to folding four years ago, but now boasts 30 members.
Gary said: “It’s a success story and the whole club is delighted to be part of the Crawley community.
But the evening was not solely about the younger members.
Club president Graham Mahy, handed over his chains of office to Mark Jones, who said he was “honoured” to be asked to lead the group for the next year.