Bedfordshire '17

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Every finalist is a winner!

By Charlotte Elliott, 17

When you hear the date “29th of November”, what do you think of? Buying a Christmas calendar? Getting out the decorations? Well, for a group of inspirational young people from Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, they had something very different on their minds. Coming together in the stunning St John’s College, 10 finalists of the Oscar-style YOPEY awards celebrated each other’s amazing acts of selflessness watched on by guests such as the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire,

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Georgina Barrett, 24

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR GEORGINA BARRETT!

(This report is from the script read out on the night. For atmosphere we leave in the stage directions)

A Brownie and Guide Leader uses her experience of anxiety and depression to encourage girls to talk about their own mental health challenges.

Georgina Barrett has been described as one of Bedfordshire Girlguiding’s ‘brightest stars’. She is determined to make her unit a reassuring place for girls in a changing world.

Georgina was nominated for YOPEY for finding time to run the

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Michael Desmond, 15

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(This report is from the script read out on the night. For atmosphere we leave in the stage directions)

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR MICHAEL DESMOND!

A teenager from Leighton Buzzard uses his passion for extreme sports to raise money for different charities.

Michael was nominated by his school, Cedars Upper. (change tone) “He is a caring young boy with a great sense of humour. He has done

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Elizabeth Simpson, 20

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(This report is from the script read out on the night. For atmosphere we leave in the stage directions)

PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR ELIZABETH SIMPSON!

Elizabeth Simpson has spent years giving autistic children fun. From the age of 16 she has helped to run several LOAF (pronounced as in loaf of bread, not L.O.A.F) clubs across Bedfordshire. LOAF stands for (STRESS) Loads Of Autistic Fun.

At the

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