Fantastic young celebrated at Cambridgeshire YOPEY
by Will Simmons and Alex Tyndall of Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
Fantastic young people from all over Cambridgeshire were celebrated at the Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Spicers Young People of the Year awards, held at Cambridge Golf & Conference Centre, Hemingford Abbots, on Thursday evening.
The Oscars-like event known as ‘the YOPEYs’ was a glamorous affair with over 40 young people being feted by more than 200 adults including the Chief Constable and most of the county’s mayors and council chairmen.
£1,000 Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Spicers Young Person of the Year
Edward Williams has raised £70,000 for charities while setting up his own company.
It is a long way from the middle of the English Channel, battling giant waves and dodging super tankers, to a heated swimming pool in Cambridge.
But that is how far the founder of the Cambridge Swimming Academy has come.
The 23-year-old was put forward for YOPEY by his fiancée Rebecca Carder. “I really feel that Ed deserves recognition for his amazing charity work and for
£500 Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Spicers Young Person of the Year
Zain Awan has gone on from representing young people in Peterborough to the whole world!
The 16-year-old was chosen from hundreds of young hopefuls to be one of 15 ‘UK Young Ambassadors’.
This elevation follows Zain being an active member of his local community in Peterborough, combating racism and giving young people a voice.
Zain first got the taste for campaigning when he joined St John Fisher’s school council two years ago.
Last year, Zain stood
£250 Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Spicers Young People of the Year
Molly Hares and Holly Lane
Molly Hares and Holly Lane had not known each other long when they heard about the earthquake in Haiti.
Their whole school Sawtry Community College had taken part in a number of sponsored activities. But the girls took up the challenge on their own and showed what two children, who are not yet teenagers, can do.
With the whole school raising £400 the girls set a personal target of £100.
Molly came up with the idea of doing a sponsored walk and together
£250 Junior Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Spicers Young Person of the Year
When caring for her chronically ill mum got too much for Lauren Wright she went off the rails and was kicked out of school. Things looked bleak.
But when her mum died the 14-year-old pledged to turn her life around. And she has done just that – doing well at school and helping others.
Lauren was nominated for YOPEY by the Pupil Referral Unit in March, where she has been taught since being excluded from school in Wisbech.
Lauren had been looking after her mum