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Rutland Young People's Awards celebrates inspiring youngsters




An awards ceremony took place to celebrate the outstanding achievements of some of Rutland's finest young people.

The Rutland Young People's Awards is a chance to recognise the good work children and teenagers are doing for their community.

Thirty-seven people were short-listed for the awards which were presented during an event at Rutland County Museum.

Eighteen-year-old Annie Brown took the title of Young People’s Champion - an award which recognises someone who puts the needs of others before their own.

Annie has been in foster care for 10 years and fought to earn herself a place at a new school before turning her efforts to supporting others in care.

She helped develop the Rutland Pledge, a set of promises Rutland County Council makes to looked-after children, and designed a booklet for young people in care.

Wilds Lodge School pupil Daniel Carter won the Benefitting the Community award.

The 14-year-old is part of Rutland Youth Council. He has raised money to support other young people and organised a display at school to spread the word and encourage participation.

Uppingham Community College pupil Hope Armstrong won the Overcoming Diversity award.

The 13-year-old has a range of health conditions including physical and sensory difficulties, visual impairment, fluctuating hearing and brittle bone disease but strives to achieve her best.

She set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for an electric wheelchair and spoke at public events to raise awareness.

Eighteen-year-old Talula Robey was named Disabled Young People’s Champion for her determination to live life to the full despite having cerebral palsy. She has encouraged others to do the same.

Two teams shared the title of Super Group for projects which will leave a lasting legacy.

Ruth Moore, Lauren Moore, Eleanor Garfoot, Alice Harries, Ellen Wilson and Thomas Harries received the award for their part in the Rutland Poppy Project to create a remembrance display.

The poppies were sold off and raised around £20,000 for charity.

Amelia Seymour, Hannah Seymour, Tim Amor, Lizzie Hulse and Alexa Smith shared the title for their involvement with the Resilient Rutland Youth Forum.

The project was set up in 2014 to support young people with mental health problems.

The teenagers gave their views on what support is needed and made a documentary film on mental health. They also pitched to healthcare providers on ways to improve their services.

County councillor (Con) Richard Foster said: “It has been fantastic celebrating the achievements of some remarkable young people.

"Everyone nominated as part of the awards should feel extremely proud and fully deserves the recognition they have received.

" Special thanks and congratulations must also go to the Rutland Youth Council for organising a brilliant evening. It’s clear from the stories shared that Rutland has an incredibly bright future ahead.”

The youth council gave a presentation on its work as part of the event.

Chairman William Wood said: “It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the success of young people in Rutland and to have the ability to facilitate young people’s achievements in this county.

"Congratulations to all the winners and nominees."

There was also a raffle to raise money for the youth council’s chosen charity, UK Sepsis Trust, and an overview of various groups who have been supported by the council's small grants fund in the past 12 months.



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