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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!

 

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How Alice built a house for a poor African family...

Building a house in just five weeks would test the very best reality television property show.

But Bedford graduate Alice Lisle-Denny did it and while 4,500 miles from home in the middle of Africa and without even a cement mixer.

And that’s not all, the 23-year-old raised the almost £8,000 needed for the new home for a poor Tanzanian family, and seeing how building things can change lives has inspired her chosen career as a civil engineer.

Her efforts have earned Alice a nomination in a competition that

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Aaron gives back to his 'rock' – sea cadets

A young Bedford man, who grew up in care knows the value of the stability and structure that being a Sea Cadet brought to his life and is now a figurehead for the organisation, is in a competition that hails the achievements of young Bedfordshire people.

Aaron Scholes, of Goldington Road, who joined the sea cadets at the age of 10 and has worked his way up to become a Petty Officer and Commanding Officer of the Bedford Sea Cadets TS Victorious has been nominated for the Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEYs’.

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Tom cares for mum and helps drama club

A talented teenager who devotes many hours a week to looking after his mum and helping the local community is in a competition that hails the achievements of young Bedfordshire people.

Tom Langston, while studying for his A-levels, acting and teaching young children, is also caring for his mum because she struggles to breathe after suffering from complications associated with asthma.

Now he has been nominated for the Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEYs’.

The YOPEYs are ‘Revealing, Recognising

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Hifzur leads from front on charity fundraisers

Entrepreneur and charity fundraiser Hifzur Rahman is making a name for himself in his home community of Luton for being a leader.

Hifzur developed a business idea at the age of 16, has top marks for his own academic record and encouraging others, and has helped raise thousands of pounds for the poor of Luton and victims of the turmoil in Syria.

Now his efforts have earned him an entry into a competition which showcases the achievements of young people in Bedfordshire.

Eighteen-year-old Hifzur, of Hampton Road, has been

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Teens Amber and Sophie save junior youth club

When a junior youth club in the small town of Arlesey closed two 15-year-old girls who used to be volunteers there worked to re-open it for the sake of the younger ones.

They harnessed support from local business, encouraged parents to get on board, and even raised funds for the club which had a grand opening for 7-11year-olds last September and is still going strong.

Now the girls have found another opening – an entry into a competition that showcases the achievements of young people in Bedfordshire.

Amber Hector-Nugent

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Shavir gets off streets and into volunteering and work

Teenager Shavir Miah spends hours each week volunteering in his local Luton community, everything from stewarding at events to organising them.

He has helped raise many thousands of pounds for medical causes and charities, both in this country and humanitarian needs abroad.

Sadly, he had to curb his passion for playing football after an injury, so now he is turning to coaching local youngsters.

But Shavir, who spends 15 hours a week volunteering through attending meetings, planning and organising events, has now

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Prince's Trust team make video with fire-safety message

A group of unemployed people who made a video that could be a life-saver have been nominated for a competition which showcases that achievements of young people in Bedfordshire.

Bedford Prince's Trust Team 23 did all the work on the 10-minute video from its concept to the final product, and although it will not win an Oscar it has impressed people.

So much, that Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, who approached the team, have nominated the film-makers for Bedfordshire Young People of the Year.

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Sports-mad Benj dedicates hours to volunteering

A sports-mad teenager who helps schools and clubs run activities six days a week is in a competition that hails the achievements of young Bedfordshire people.



Benjamin Daniels has one day off a week, which his mum calls his 'do not disturb day', so he can recover from all his exertions. He also helps his single mum Jo look after their Stotfold home.



Now Benj has been nominated for the Central Bedfordshire Young People of the Year awards or the ‘YOPEYs’.



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Jess gets back on track with Guides

A Sandy teenager who rebelled to the point where she was excluded from school got her life back on track through the GirlGuiding movement.

Jessica Tysom, of Winchester Road, has become a major helper at two packs of Brownies and Rainbows, and fundraises across the Sandy Girlguiding District.

Now the 15-year-old has been nominated for the Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEYs’ for turning her life around and doing so much for Girlguiding.

The YOPEYs will ‘Reveal, Recognise & Reward’

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Inspirational police cadets Shelbee, Shane and Taymour

A teenager described as an inspiration because of thousands of pounds she has helped raise while hit by cancer is in a competition that highlights achievements of young people in Bedfordshire.

Shelbee Clarke has stayed cheerful despite having chemotherapy which caused her to feel unwell and her hair to fall out. During her treatment she continued with her duties as a police cadet.

Now she has been assigned a place in Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year, or YOPEY, which reveal, recognise, and reward, young...
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