Volunteering could spell a gold award for Exmouth teens Adam and Joe

PUBLISHED: 06:30 06 May 2017

Adam Tisbury (left) and Joe Warburton (right) are spending one afternoon a week playing scrabble with a pensioner for thyeir Duke of Edinburgh awards

Adam Tisbury (left) and Joe Warburton (right) are spending one afternoon a week playing scrabble with a pensioner for thyeir Duke of Edinburgh awards

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Teenagers Adam Tisbury and Joe Warburton are hoping a weekly game of Scrabble with a pensioner will help create a bit of history.

The Exmouth Community College pupils spend their Monday afternoons playing the popular board game with an elderly man in Budleigh Salterton.

They are hoping the good deed will help them obtain their Duke of Edinburgh gold award, meaning they would be part of the first group of pupils from the school to achieve the feat.

Adam, 16, and Joe, 15, were looking at ways to fulfil the volunteering section of the award when they were put in contact with a pensioner looking for Scrabble partners.

“We were looking at ways of volunteering,” said Adam, of Dorchester Way. “We looked around charity shops and then found out this man’s son was asking if anyone wants to play Scrabble with him and keep him company.”

Joe, of Ashleigh Road, added: “He lives by himself and I think that he just enjoys the company.”

The boys enjoy mixed fortunes in the games against the pensioner, who asked to remain anonymous.

Adam and Joe need to complete an hour of volunteering a week as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme to achieve their gold certificate.

They will also need to take on a physical activity, a skill, complete a residency and an expedition.

Adam’s mum Lynn, who co-ordinates the Duke of Edinburgh Award for the school, is hoping a relationship can be maintained with the Scrabble enthusiast after Adam and Joe go to university.


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