A GROUP of pupils have been rewarded for their ‘good work’ in the community with a morale boosting visit by an MP.
Youngsters who form part of Interact of Swadlincote from the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, were treated to a surprise talk from South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler after the Tory learned of the group’s work, which includes several charity events.
Senior teachers at the school helped to set up and run the club alongside Swadlincote Rotary.
Mrs Wheeler told the Mail: “I am really impressed by this club. It is lovely to see youngsters who care about the community they live in and want to give something back and really shape it for the future.”
The visit from Mrs Wheeler follows recent successful charitable events at Swadlincote Farmers Market and the Festival of Transport by the group.
She told the pupils about her role as a politician and how she supports her constituency.
The students were interested to learn about how the Conservative politician had come to be a councillor and then Member of Parliament through her own charitable work as a teenager where she had seen problems that existed and wanted to be a voice for these people.
Simon Waller, head of key stage four and school facilitator for the scheme, said: “They are a very impressive group of young people.
“They are organised and motivated and do a lot of good work in the local community.”
Adam Baker, Interact chairman and Year 10 pupil, said: “Mrs Wheeler has had a very interesting career and inspired by her own charity work became an MP.
“It opened doors for her and helped her decide her career. We can learn a lot from her experiences.
“By doing this charity work through Interact I hope I can start helping people now.”