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Award for Herts County Council holiday scheme for hungry children

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A programme which tackles hunger, isolation and inactivity during the school summer holidays in Hertfordshire has won a national award.

The Fit, Fed and Read initiative won the Partnership of the Year category at the Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards at a ceremony in London.

Run by the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP), it brings together Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Ltd), Families First and the county’s library services.

The programme for 8- to 11-year-olds ran at fire stations across the county over four weeks during the summer holidays after a successful pilot programme at Easter.

Cllr Terry Hone, cabinet member for community safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that this fantastic initiative has been recognised with a national award.

"It’s been a great joint effort to deliver these schemes across the school holidays and they’ve made a real difference to the children involved.

"Firefighters act as positive role models within the community and it’s great that these venues are made available to deliver this award-winning partnership.”

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