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​​​How a Duke of Edinburgh project led a teenager to become an essential worker in the lockdown​

It's fair to say that Josh Moore's Duke of Edinburgh volunteering project – working with a rare breed of sheep - wasn't exactly typical.

But even he could not have dreamt it would lead to him becoming an essential worker during the lockdown.

“My goal was to aid the awareness and breeding of Hebridean and Shetland sheep," said the 18-year-old from Guisborough. “I helped with the lambing and milking cows and things like that at a farm near Great Ayton. But I didn't think I would become an essential worker.

“If some of the farm workers have to stay home, I will get called in to help with demand. It's a busy time of year for farmers anyway. I don't mind at all. It also means I can help deliver food, including eggs and milk, to elderly people in Guisborough."

Josh might have expected to be concentrating on his A Levels in biology, chemistry and maths which he is taking at Prior Pursglove in Guisborough but the lockdown but many of his classes have stopped.

That has meant he can also concentrate on his other hobby – restoring an MG car in his family's garage. “I've been doing it for over a year and it's been a lot of work. It was 50 years old and there was a lot – I mean a lot – of rust. I think there's another couple of months to go before it's done."

Josh hopes to soon be driving in an MG to work as he recently secured his dream of winning a degree apprenticeship in engineering in the civil service. “Doing the Gold award definitely helped in the interviews."

Elaine Buckby, Awards and Activities Organiser at the council, said: “Josh, is an outstanding young man giving up all his spare time to support his own community and the farming community around his local area. I am very proud of Josh who is a very unassuming young man, who I wish well with his future."

To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Redcar and Cleveland contact or phone 01287 634332.​