Cambridgeshire '11

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, Cambridge First, Hunts Post, Cambridgeshire Times, Wisbech Standard, Fenland Citizen, Ely Standard 

 

Callum picks up baton from Liam and goes into final

The brother of Liam Fairhurst who carried on fundraising after Liam died is in the final of Redstone Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year.

Within days of his bother’s death two years ago, Callum Fairhurst had picked up the fundraising baton and has organized his own events and played a major role in others in memory of his brother.

Liam, himself a Junior YOPEY winner in 2007, raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for CLIC Sargent which helps the families

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Scout John overcomes painful past to go into final

Cambridgeshire teenager John Morris had a “painful” upbringing as he admits himself. But his ability to triumph over adversity has won him a coveted place in the final of Redstone Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year.

He has never known his father and his mum could not cope.

As a toddler John would get his own breakfast and from a young age he cooked and cared for his five younger brothers and sisters. He even tried to clean the house from the age of about five onwards.

One baby sister died of sudden death syndrome. 

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'Jesstonbury' girls' fundraising secures place in final 

Four Linton schoolgirls who raised thousands of pounds in memory of their best friend are in the final of a prestigious competition endorsed by the Prime Minister and other national leaders.  Georgina McGivern, Louisa Pett, Lizzie Sanders and Katrina Bass, all from Linton Village College, spent hours planning and putting on ‘Jesstonbury’ in memory of their schoolfriend Jess Gower who died from cancer last December.  

Now the four girls, all aged 15, are in the final of a Redstone Cambridgeshire Young  People

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Jo leads student team on radio station

A Huntingdon teenager who has helped her community through the airwaves has been nominated for Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year.

Jo Chappell has produced and presented programmes for Huntingdon Community Radio and also helped fellow students to be involved.

Now as a nominee for the sixth Cambs ‘YOPEY’ which reveals, recognises and rewards young people who are ‘positive role models’ and ‘give to others’ she is in with a chance of to win a cash prize from a pot of £2000.

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Emma overcomes shyness through volunteering at clubs

A Girton teenager who helps youngsters most weekdays has been nominated for Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year.

Fourteen-year-old Emma Gillespie volunteers at an after-school club three or four times a week and also at a youth club.

Now as a nominee for the sixth Cambs ‘YOPEY’ which reveals, recognises and rewards young people who are ‘positive role models’ and ‘give to others’ she is in with a chance to win a cash prize from a pot of £2000.

Since the first Cambs YOPEY

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Schoolkids make station garden look 'amazing'

Green-fingered primary school children who have brightened up a village train station for a special anniversary have raked in a nomination for Redstone Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY’, which closes to entries this Saturday (August 13).

The youngsters have spread colour at Meldreth railway station after sowing the seeds for their venture with an after-school club at the village primary school and have harvested a crop of praise for their efforts.

Now the budding Alan Titchmarchs are in with a

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Youngest county councillor enters YOPEY

A councillor who is keen to get voters of the future interested in their community is a candidate in ROI Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year.

Samantha Hoy is the youngest county councillor in Cambridgeshire and also deputy leader of Wisbech Town Council, and is keen to listen to the views of people not yet old enough to vote as well as those who can.

She was nominated by fellow Conservative county councillor Steve Tierney, who said: “A local leader and community champion, Samantha is proving that youth is no barrier to local democracy.”

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Grieving Sam, 15, finds solace in teaching sport

A Meldreth teenager who has helped youngsters with sport as a way of coping with the death of his father has netted an entry into Redstone Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year whose deadline for entries has been extended to Saturday 13 August.

Sam Robinson has spent school holidays introducing primary school children to football and other basic sporting skills, notching up 400 hours of voluntary service with the Youth Sport Trust.

He also set up a basketball club at his school, Melbourn Village College, which has scored points

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Chloe overcomes setback by setting up dance school

An entrepreneurial teenager who set up her own dance school has quick-stepped her way into Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year whose deadline for entries has been extended to Saturday 13 August.

When Chloe Hedben’s dreams of going to a top dance school fell apart she did not throw in the towel. Instead she launched her own classes to pass on her skills.

Now she competing for £2,000 in cash prizes in the sixth annual Cambs ‘YOPEY’ contest – which reveals, recognises and rewards young people who

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Charlotte, 20, helps disabled in many ways

Caring Peterborough student Charlotte Gray has been nominated for Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY’.

Twenty-year-old Charlote, of Longthorpe Green, Longthorpe, was nominated by Gemma Mudie, co-ordinating leader of health and social care at Peterborough Regional College in Park Crescent, where Charlotte has been studying since September.

“Charlotte spends a lot of time helping others, but that does not affect her studies,” said Gemma. “She is an extremely dedicated and motivated individual

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