Cambridgeshire '17

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Chloe, 13, is all-round helpful – including maintaining milestone

A 13-year-old girl who helps out at her Peterborough school, around her village and at a martial arts club is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Cambridgeshire’s younger generation.
 
Chloe Williamson gets involved in all sorts of good causes at Nene Park Academy and also helps to run the junior section at Sawtry Tang-Soo-Do .
 
Now the teenager has been nominated for the LifePlus Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young

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Darrius to skydive to give back to charity that helped him

An autistic Peterborough teenager who helps out at his mainstream school and fundraises for the local charity that helped him is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Cambridgeshire’s younger generation.
 
Darrius Pearson, from Werrington, helped to organise a charity football tournament at Nene Park Academy and spoke in assemblies about the skydive he is going to do for a charity that helps families with special needs children.
 
Now the 16-year-old has been nominated for the

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Coleridge nominates 'amazing' Rohan and 'diligent' Barney

Two 14-year-old boys who are role models at their Cambridge secondary school by helping out and supporting students at an anti-bullying club and those with special education needs are in a competition that hails the “giving to others” of Cambridgeshire’s younger generation.

Rohan Hye and Barney Jobson, both students at Coleridge Community College, have been nominated for the LifePlus Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who ‘give to others’.

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Lucy's 'Love Bundles' help people like her in hospital

A Cambridge teenager who has faced a lifetime of health challenges is helping other young people –too old for children’s wards and too young for adult wards – cope with long stays in hospital. Her ‘Hospital Love Bundles’ are tailored goodie bags filled with essentials and little luxuries like slipper socks and choc bars, but so far no snakes!

Lucy Stafford says she tries to fulfil her ‘customers’ likes and dislikes. “But the strangest request I have had so far is to NOT include a

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Young carer Cassie is a leader at Guides and youth club

Most teenagers have to be nagged to pick their clothes off the floor and won’t empty the dishwasher without being asked. But for schoolgirl Cassie McCaffrey helping at home is simply a way of life.

The 16-year-old, from American Lane in Huntingdon, is in a competition that hails the “giving to others” of Cambridgeshire’s younger generation.

Cassie, a pupil at Swavesey Village College, cooks, cleans and does the laundry at home … along with helping to care for her mother and father. "I

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Ollie finds time to multi-task outside helping family

Multi-tasking Peterborough teenager Ollie Sainsbury has been described as ‘a wonder’ by a youth officer who has seen his hard work on the shadow city council that looks out for the interests of young people.

The wonder is – how does he juggle his activities on Peterborough Youth Council with being a Young Leader at a Beaver unit, a volunteer at a food bank, doing church community work and a budding  young entrepreneur at school?

But even that’s not all, at home 15-year-old Ollie supports his mum Sue

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Morgan loses both parents but soldiers on

A girl who lost her dad to cancer and her mum to alcoholism is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Cambridgeshire’s younger generation.

Fourteen-year-old Morgan Carter was a carer to her mum before she died, and now helps her grandparents look after her little sister. She also volunteers at school.

Now Morgan been nominated for the LifePlus Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who ‘give to others’.

The annual contest has over

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Carer Jake overcomes fear to fundraise

While most 16-year-olds are out and about with their friends, learning to put distance between themselves and their parents, Jake David is at home helping his parents to look after his siblings.

This is because three out of four of his siblings have ‘issues’. He has one brother with autism, another with suspected ADHD and the youngest has Down’s syndrome.

Now Jake is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Cambridgeshire’s younger generation. He has been nominated by his mother for the LifePlus

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Victoria's victory over fundraising mountain

A young woman who seized the opportunity to climb Africa’s tallest mountain to raise money for children fighting the disease that killed her mother is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Cambridgeshire’s younger generation.

At the age of 15 Victoria Stevens lost her mum Gillian to cancer. Last year, aged 21, she climbed Mount Kilmanjaro in Tanzania in aid of World Child Cancer, which supports children with cancer in the developing world.

Now she has been nominated for the LifePlus Young People

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Netball player Isobel scores a YOPEY entry

A teenager from Cambridgeshire who has been instrumental in helping to coach youngsters to play netball is in a competition that hails the “giving to others” of the county’s younger generation.

Isobel Pigg plays for Loughborough Lighting Under 17s, St Neots Netball Club, JMs in Wellingborough, her county team plus the Northamptonshire county side.

But the 16-year-old, from Kimbolton Road, in St Neots, still finds the time to help out with coaching at her village club, where her mother Amanda is the coach, and at school.

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