Extracts from script performed at KISS Communications Young People of the Year at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, on 3 November 2015 (with stage directions)
Runner-up Amy Bland
PLEASE PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR OUR FIRST FINALIST – AMY BLAND!
Studying hard to get into Cambridge University would take up most of a young person’s time but not for Amy Bland. Not only has this exceptional young lady started at this top university this autumn, she has also found the time to:
• volunteer on an overseas project
• run a children’s steel band
• help run a Guide unit
• and fundraise for good causes.
While studying for her A-levels, Amy volunteered to work in Nepal to help
Runner-up Sirina-Monique Prescod-Sebastian
GIVE IT UP FOR SIRINA-MONIQUE PRESCOD-SEBASTIAN!
A young woman who campaigns on behalf of minorities likes to sing about her causes. But there is also a more serious side to Sirina-Monique Prescod-Sebastian.
Sirina has always been motivated to do the best for herself and others. But her desire to help others took on a new impetus when she went into care and lived in a hostel in Peterborough after falling out with her family.
(CHANGE TONE) “I have been living in a hostel for a couple years and I have seen the way people
Runner-up Evan Rees-Humphreys
LET’S HEAR IT FOR EVAN REES-HUMPHREYS!
A brave boy, who has been battling cancer for years, has become an inspiration to all those around him with his sunny personality and his continuous fundraising.
Evan Rees-Humphreys decided he would not let cancer take over his life. As well as constantly raising money for charity, he writes a blog to keep friends and family up-to-date and involved in his life.
Evan, from Gamlingay, was nominated by family friend Nikita Frampton, who has known Evan since he was four.
Runner-up Abbie Wiles
PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR ABBIE WILES!
A St John Ambulance cadet in Whittlesey has passed her first-aid skills on to others and revived the membership of local St John units.
Abbie Wiles was also involved in community activities at her school.
Abbie was nominated by Alison Brown, head of the sixth form at Sir Harry Smith College, in Whittlesey.
Abbie was head girl and one of her roles was to be involved in the school's fundraising for Children in Need. That included throwing wet sponges at teachers and raised nearly £2,000.
Runner-up Lydia Hayler
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR LYDIA HAYLER!
Lydia Hayler is always prepared. She is a young leader with Cambridge Scouts.
But Lydia is also praying for success in another part of her busy life. She is a Christian and hopes to train for the ministry in the Church of England.
Lydia, from Chesterton, was nominated by Andy Davison, leader of the 26th Cambridge Scout Group, which has 30 members up to 14-years-old and meets on Fridays in Chesterton.
He said that Lydia has developed dramatically over the last two years and taken on roles and responsibilities
Runner-up Elle Purchase-Francis
PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR ELLE PURCHASE-FRANCIS!
Elle (pronounced el-lie ) Purchase-Francis has been caring for her sick parents for years and represents young carers both locally and nationally.
Her mum Hayley suffers from severe anxiety and depression, as well as physical problems. Her dad Darren has a long-term back problem.
Elle does housework and helps her dad care for her mum and little sister Molly. She also provides emotional support to Hayley whose condition means (CHANGE TONE) “somedays I just can’t move”.
Runners-up Charlie O’Connor and Molly Armstrong
LET’S HEAR IT FOR CHARLIE O’CONNOR AND MOLLY ARMSTRONG!
Two teenage musicians have raised thousands of pounds for good causes by performing in public.
Charlie O’Connor and Molly Armstrong perform gigs and busk around Cambridgeshire to help good causes such as The Teenage Cancer Trust and Children in Need.
Charlie, from Ely, and Molly, from Little Downham, were nominated by Charlie's mum Alison.
“They have known each other since they met at swimming club.”
Runners-up youth members of the Royal British Legion in Chatteris
GIVE IT UP FOR YOUTH MEMBERS OF ROYAL BRITISH LEGION IN CHATTERIS!
Youngsters are volunteering their time to make sure that fallen soldiers from Chatteris are honoured and remembered.
They have decorated a bus shelter to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, are paying tribute to those from the town who paid the ultimate sacrifice in that conflict, and are also battling against time and nature to tidy up soldiers' graves.
There are 12 youngsters, aged 12-17, and, as a result of their
Volunteers helped to reach full potential
By Amy Little of Long Road Sixth Form College
Long Road Sixth Form College was given the opportunity to help run this year’s Cambridgeshire Young People of The Year Awards. YOPEY’s ethos of celebrating young people and giving us as volunteers a rich wealth of experience, sets it apart as an organisation committed to overhauling the negative image of young people today.
Twenty-four students volunteered to fill a variety of roles from photographer’s assistants to receptionists and presenters.