‘YOPEY creates tomorrow’s great citizens today!’
A young man who has become a mentor to the victims of homophobic bullying is Cambridgeshire’s Young Person of the Year.
Adam Olivant won the top prize of £800 in the Cambridge Regional College and Linx Young People of the Year, held at Ely Cathedral on Wednesday (1 October).
The 19-year-old gives young people the support he was denied while a child at schools in Haverhill where he said “my life was made hell by bullies”. When he was a child, Adam said he knew he felt different but he did not know why. Other children
Second place and a prize of £400 was won by blind dog ‘whisperer’ Zak Soan, of Whittlesey.
The 23-year-old’s victory was announced by Mrs Linda Fairbrother, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.
She said: “All the judges were struck by this young person’s incredible journey and courage.”
Zak lost 80 per cent of his sight to a rare disease at the age of 18. He lost his job, some friends and suffered depression.
Mrs Fairbrother said: “He is rebuilding his life and not letting
Harriet Smith and Amelia Davies
Joint third were Harriet Smith and Ameila Davies, who each won £100.
Harriet, of Wigmore Drive, Peterborough, donates £20 of her weekly £60 pay from a part-time job in a restaurant to Thorpe Hall Hospice. She also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and raised another £14?? for the hospice.
The 18-year-old, who volunteered at the hospice for only two weeks last summer, said: “The work Thorpe hall does is incredible. I would love to volunteer there again.”
The Junior YOPEY – for the most inspiring entry aged up to 16 – went to Harry O’Driscoll, who camped in the garden of his Buckden home for a whole year to raise £10,155 for his gymnastics club.
He was presented with his £200 prize by Paul Doody, the Marketing Director of YOPEY sponsor Linx Printing Technologies.
Mr Doody said: “For a boy of his age to persevere for a year is outstanding. The adventure could easily have lost its appeal, but his determination to succeed does him great credit.”