Bedfordshire '12

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!

Newspaper articles reproduced with thanks to: Luton News, Dunstable Gazette, Herald & Post, Luton on Sunday, Luton & Dunstable Express, Biggleswade Chronicle, Bedfordshire Times & Citizen, Bedfordshire on Sunday, Bedford Midweek, Leighton Buzzard Observer and theirs and other websites.

 

'Gift of life' brother Harrison carries on giving

A Sandy boy who is still caring for his sister 10 years after giving her the precious gift of life has been put forward for Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service Young People of the Year.

Twelve-year-old Harrison Young was only 15 months old when he gave bone marrow to save the life of his sister Jennie, herself only three, who had been diagnosed with leukaemia.

And Harrison, who lives at is still helping 15-year-old Jennie and looking out for her, which is why he has been nominated for the contest which reveals, recognises and...
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Learning about life on school farm

A group of pupils who enjoy working on a school farm have been pitched into Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year.

They are not afraid to get their hands dirty by mucking in or mucking out at the farm at Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade.

Now they are hoping to have sown the seeds of success and reap a reward in a contest that has £2,000 in prizes to give away.

The winner will receive £800 but there will be many other prizes from a prize pot of £2,000 put up by sponsors, including The Jordans

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Laura finds many ways to help others

A Luton teenager who looks after youngsters as a leader and mentor has been nominated for Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service Young People of the Year.

Laura Sheldrick also helps her parents who do respite and emergency foster care as well as being childminders.

The search is coming to an end to reveal, recognise and reward the county’s young heroes of 2012, with nominations for the Beds ‘YOPEYs’ closing on Friday 16th November.

The winner will receive £800 but there will be many other prizes from a prize

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Gold medal university volunteers enter YOPEY

Three University of Bedfordshire students recognised for their charitable work and 'going the extra mile' have been nominated for the Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year.

Amy O'Neil, Jigna Tailor and Prateek Mathur have all been awarded 'gold awards' for the way they have helped the community. Now they have been entered for a Bedfordshire contest that has £2,000 to give to young people like them.

The search is coming to an end to reveal, recognise and reward the county’s young heroes

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Sixth-formers give fellow students a headstart in business

A group of Luton students who are helping their younger colleagues with an insight into business have graduated into Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year.

The 18 students have mentored their colleagues and organised activities and challenges to give them a headstart into the world of work.

Now, their enterprise has been marked with a chance to win a share of a £2,000 prize in the Bedfordshire competition.

The search is coming to an end to reveal, recognise and reward the county’s

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'Fab four' young carers nominated by school

Four fantastic children, not yet teenagers, who are all carers for seriously sick relatives, have been nominated for Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service Young People of the Year.

All the girls were nominated by Etonbury Academy, Arlesey, and were praised for the fact that their dedication to their mums and brothers has not affected their school work.

The group is the youngest to be nominated for Young People of the Year, since the contest was founded in 2005, and they have a chance to win from a prize pot of £2,000.

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'Proud to be who I am' Frazer overcomes troubled past

A teenager with Asperger's syndrome has been nominated for a Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year award for his determination to show that people with disabilities deserve the same chance as everyone else.

Frazer Cain, from Kempston in Bedford, has been through a traumatic childhood, yet he still wants to do all he can to help others.

The 15-year-old had a tough childhood in which he witnessed violence and he was a victim of emotional abuse himself. On top of that he has Asperger's syndrome,

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Jamie uses spare time to help many others

A Sandy teenager who has volunteered more than 100 hours because he wants to put something back into the community has been nominated for Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year.

Fifteen-year-old Jamie Bate has given out leaflets, collected money for good causes and done conservation work – all since he started volunteering in February.

Now he has a chance to share part of a £2,000 prize pot in a competition for people like him.

The search is coming to an end to reveal, recognise and reward

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Charlie turns his life around through handball

A formerly disruptive teenager has completely turned his life around after discovering handball and has been entered into the Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year.

Seventeen-year-old Charlie Clarke was failing at school and a constant concern for his parents when he was younger. But he has now captained England under-18s handball team, is doing his A-levels, and spends hours each week training and mentoring other young hopefuls. He now has a chance of winning a Bedfordshire contest that has £2,000 to give to young people

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Young actors raise thousands for good causes

A group of Leighton Buzzard teenagers have sung and danced their way into the Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Young People of the Year.

The plays and productions produced by the Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre youth helpers have helped raise over £55,000 towards charitable causes.

Many of the young helpers also volunteer each week to give up their time to help the younger children develop and now they have been entered for a Bedfordshire contest that has £2,000 to give to young people like them.

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