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Michael combines fundraising with love of sport
A boy from Leighton Buzzard who has used his passion for extreme sport to raise hundreds of pounds for charity is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.
Fourteen-year-old Michael Desmond discovered his love for strenuous outdoor activities when he was just 10. From cycling to climbing, he has completed missions in all four countries in the United Kingdom to raising money for a different charity each time.
Now he has been nominated for the Atlas Converting
Head boy helps lead school and Beaver scouts
The head boy of a Leighton Buzzard school who has volunteered over 150 hours to help pupils fundraise for good causes is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.
Seventeen-year-old Tim Abington has been heavily involved in many events and activities at his school, Cedars Upper in Leighton Buzzard, most notably as one of the main organisers of a week-long charity event that raised £3500 for a school in Africa.
As well as his commitments to his school, Tim is also
Girlguiding's bright star is open about mental health
A Luton Brownie and Guide Leader who uses her past experience of anxiety and depression to encourage girls to talk about their own mental health challenges, as well as discussing confidence issues and gender roles, is in a competition that hails the achievements of Bedfordshire young people.
Georgina Barrett, who has been described as one of Bedfordshire Girlguiding’s ‘brightest stars’, is determined to make her unit and the guiding movement a reassuring place for girls and fit for a changing world. She has been nominated
Jasmine is the girl in hijib... or fire cadet's helmet
A home-schooled teenager who avoids isolation by volunteering extensively in the community is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire young people.
Jasmin Khanom, of Maple Road West, Luton, volunteers with several charities, is working to bring the different communities in Luton together and wants the youth council reformed.
Now the 16-year-old has been nominated for the Atlas Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who ‘give to others’.
Carer Casey wants to make caring her career
A teenager who overcame bullying, low confidence and self-esteem to become an invaluable support to her big family as well as the school she works at, is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.
Nineteen-year-old Casey Draper has emerged triumphant from several personal issues to become her mum’s right arm in looking after her six younger siblings – the youngest of whom suffers from Down’s Syndrome. She has also become a credit to the class she helps teach at a local
Diabetic Dan grows up early and stands tall
A diabetic teenager who takes part in research, fundraises and supports other young people with the life-threatening type 1 form of the disease is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire young people.
Dan Walls, of Castle Barns, Bletsoe, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes five years ago. But since then he has become a charity ambassador for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Now the 14-year-old has been nominated for the Atlas Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ –
Brother's death spurs Charlie to fundraise and dream
A Luton teenager who got on his bike to raise thousands of pounds in memory of his younger brother who died from a brain tumour is now planning a career in medicine, perhaps to help find a cure for the illness and ease the pain of sufferers and their families.
Charlie Nelson, aged 15, of Sundon Park is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.
In 2012 his young brother Reece died from an aggressive Medulloblastoma just before his ninth birthday, devastating