Celebrating fantastic achievements by selfless young
By Katy Francis of Long Road Sixth Form College
Young people from all over Cambridgeshire joined together with their friends, family and civic dignitaries to celebrate their fantastic achievements and the work they selflessly do to improve the lives of others. Throughout the evening their stories of compassion and bravery set a great example of how young people can be proactive and involved in their community.
Tuesday evening (3rd November) marked the 10th anniversary of YOPEYs in Cambridgeshire;
Serial campaigner and befriending pair head up winners
A young woman who is campaigning for young people to ‘love themselves and not their image’ is Cambridgeshire’s Young Person of the Year.
Amira Haque, of King Hedges Road, Cambridge, won the top prize of £500 or ‘Senior YOPEY’ in the KISS Communications Young People of the Year, held at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, last night (Tuesday 3 Nov).
This was the 10th year in Cambridgeshire of ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who give to others. Founder Tony Gearing,
Ramsey pair win Junior YOPEY for befriending elderly
A pair of Ramsey teenagers were named Cambridgeshire’s Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY’ winners. ‘YOPEYs’ are Oscars for young people who give to others.
Corben Russell, of Great Whyte, and Tiffany Baldwin, of Fellowes Drive, won the Junior YOPEY prize of £300 in the KISS Communications Young People of the Year, held at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, last night (Tuesday 3 Nov).
Corben read on social media that many young people in his home town of Ramsey were engaged in
Thank you, sponsors and donors
This year’s Cambs YOPEY was sponsored by Kiss Communications of Cambridge, Lifeplus Europe of Eaton Socon, Hutchinson of Wisbech, Spearhead International of Burwell, Cambridge Regional College, TTP Group of Melbourn and Cambridge companies ARM and Stratagem, and exams group Cambridge Assessment.
The YOPEY charity has also received donations from Cambridgeshire County Council, The Micron Group of Ely, Cresset of Litlington and AbCam of Cambridge Science Park....
10 years of celebrating amazing Cambridgeshire young people
The 2015 Young People of the Year marks the 10th anniversary of ‘YOPEYs’ in Cambridgeshire.
Tony Gearing, the founder of YOPEY, brought the campaign to ‘Reveal, Recognise and Reward’ young unsung heroes to Cambridge, South Cambs, Huntingdonshire and East Cambs in 2006. The campaign expanded to Peterborough and Fenland in 2007 and has covered the whole of Cambridgeshire ever since.
Among the winners over the years have been:
2006 Peter Gate, then 21, who raised £45,000...
What YOPEY did for us – past winners speak out
Three past YOPEY winners have spoken out in support of YOPEY and what it did for them.
2013 winner Sam Carvalho said: “Being nominated for a YOPEY award was very touching to me because I had been quietly helping people with mental health issues. I had no idea that people were paying attention to what I was doing. Going on to win the award was an amazing experience. YOPEY showed me I was appreciated and inspired me to carry on with my good work.
“Even before I was nominated, I had heard of YOPEY and thought it was excellent