Cambridgeshire '13

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Here is a selection of the entries in this YOPEY... Do you know someone like them? Then nominate!


Newspaper articles reproduced with thanks to: Peterborough Telegraph, Cambridge News, Weekly News series, News and Crier series, Hunts Post, Cambridgeshire Times, Wisbech Standard, Fenland Citizen, Ely Standard and theirs and others websites. 


Cadet wants to be medic after saving tot

A 'superb' Soham St John Ambulance cadet, whose exploits include saving a toddler from falling off a window ledge, has been nominated for a contest that showcases outstanding young people in Cambridgeshire.

Keen cadet Josh Dodds-Mills, still only 16, has already done courses in 20 months which most people would take three years to finish.

His quick-thinking action to save the tiny tot has already earned Josh a prestigious award – now he has the chance of another after being put forward for Ferrier Pearce Young People of the Year

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Cambridgeshire '13 in the media

These are just some of the stories about some of the entries in this YOPEY published in their local media. Go through the gallery and click on any you would like to read for a bigger version to appear. 

If you know of a newspaper article, radio interview or TV clip about a YOPEY entry that is not shown here, please let YOPEY know by emailing its founder Tony Gearing (make my name active to convert to an email).

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Moved by plight of Africans today and Quakers 350 years ago

The plight of young people in strife-torn central Africa today and in England three and a half centuries ago unites a remarkable trio of Cambridge children.

Carmelle Ellis with brothers Ailwyn and Rowan, of Darwin Drive, are an inspiration to friends, family, at school and among the city’s Quaker community.

Together, 10-year-old Carmelle, Ailwyn, aged 12, and Rowan, seven, have helped raise hundreds of pounds for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a sponsored walk – accompanied by a giant

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Brothers acted when politics 'got their goat'

Two Peterborough brothers are not kidding around when it comes to helping people air their views or get something off their chest.

They have set up an interactive website where people of all ages can give their opinions on politics or whatever else that ‘gets their goat’.

Now Miles and Angus Miller have ventured into pastures new, a competition to find the pick of the bunch of outstanding young people in Cambridgeshire.

They are now in with a chance to win £800 in prize money out of a total of

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Air cadet Harry aims to fly even higher

An air cadet from St Neots is flying high after being nominated for a competition to find the pick of the crop of outstanding young people in Cambridgeshire.

And 16-year-old Harry Silcock aims to go even higher, with ambition to be an RAF pilot.

Harry, of The Hallards, Eaton Ford, was put forward for Ferrier Pearce Young People of the Year, by Dan Glover, his head of year at Longsands College, in Longsands Road, St Neots.

Harry has been a member of 2500 (St Neots) Squadron of the Air Training Corps for more than three years.

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Rob puts acute anxiety behind him and helps others

A student whose life has been transformed from a state of acute anxiety and who has inspired others has been nominated for a contest to highlight positive role models in Cambridgeshire.

Rob Norman, who studies at Cambridge Regional College, has been nominated for Ferrier Pearce Young People of the Year and is in with a chance to win a cash prize out of a pot of  £2,000 for those who give to others.

Twenty-one-year-old Rob, of Drury Lane, Wicken, near Ely, was put forward for by Eleanor Port-Burke,, mental health adviser

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Suicidal woman thinks again after meeting Sara Jane

A Good Samaritan who helped a suicidal stranger, helping her not to take her own life, has been nominated for a competition that showcases outstanding young people.

Caring Christian Sara Jane Sutty helped the depressed and lonely foreign student who was at her lowest ebb and even invited her to share Christmas at home.

Now the grateful student calls Sara Jane her 'guardian angel' and stays in touch with her.

Sara Jane did all this perhaps because she has her own difficult past.

Because of her action

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Natasha overcomes disabilities to volunteer and learn

Ever wondered how charity shops sort the mountains of donated items into the goods they can sell on every high street?

Behind the scenes, volunteers like Natasha Thobani painstakingly go through all those plastic bags of clothes, books, CDs and household items pricing them up.

The 23-year-old is a stalwart of her local Sue Ryder Care shop in Eye and has become a much-loved and enthusiastic member of the team.

“She is always here, always smiling and always happy,” said shop manager Tessa Howes.

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Girl whose heart stopped campaigns on cardiac risk in young

A 15-year-old schoolgirl, who had a heart attack and collapsed on a Cambridge hockey pitch, is now back at school helping others understand childhood heart problems.

Lauren Meakin has been nominated for Ferrier Pearce Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY’ for the inspirational way she has responded to her sudden, life-threatening illness.

She suffered the heart attack last November at The Perse School and despite immediate medical attention medics were unable to keep her heart going for over half

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Sam is a successful online agony uncle

Teenager Sam Carvalho has become a successful online agony uncle helping young people in Britain and abroad with their problems.

He has particularly helped teenagers struggling to cope with eating orders and depression, something he knows about himself as a fellow sufferer.

But as well as providing advice, support and enouragement, the kind-hearted 19-year-old has helped raise money for charities.

Now Sam, who has to contend with other medical issues, finds himself in the spotlight as a contender in Ferrier Pearce Young People

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