Posted on: May 2nd 2017

Joss receives award for ‘going the extra mile’

Chichester student receives award for ‘going the extra mile’

Chichester High School Sixth Form student Joss Edwards has been chosen to receive a GEM Award from freight and logistics firm South Link in recognition of the outstanding contribution he makes to the local community.

270417 joss edwards and head of chs 6th form vickie smith with jade reidy from southlink

Joss spends much of his time dedicated to helping others at the school and in the local area. He devotes a considerable amount of his free time to volunteering for PASCO, a Chichester based charity which supports children with disabilities and special educational needs, where he works as a personal assistant to young people with severe autism. 

Additionally, as Head Boy he runs the School Council along with the Head Girl and is leading the council’s Mission 5K project by organising a number of fundraising events with the aim of raising £5,000 for three local charities.

Victoria Smith, Vice Principal at Chichester High School, nominated Joss to receive the award.  She commented:

“Joss is an outstanding role model to all students and we’re all delighted he has received a GEM Award. As well as spending time helping others, he is also a hard-working, intelligent and high achieving student. Due to his innovative ideas, likeable personality and determination, the Sixth Form is the strongest it’s ever been.  Joss has been accepted at a university in Canada where he will continue to study Geography and will be greatly missed by everyone at the school.”

Jade Reidy from South Link added:

“We pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our customers so we launched the GEM Awards to find young people in Sussex who, like us, go the extra mile. We received some fantastic nominations, but were extremely impressed with the fundraising Joss does in the school and the work he does while volunteering. Huge congratulations to him.”