Cambridgeshire '17

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!

 

Articles reproduced from newspapers and websites with thanks to Peterborough Telegraph, Cambridge News, Cambridge Independent, Hunts Post, Cambridgeshire Times, Wisbech Standard, Fenland Citizen, Ely Standard and theirs and others websites. 



 

'I want to skydive for charity again and again'

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. He has since done the skydive from 13,000 feet, raising over £400,

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'Super scout' is nominated by leader 'Snoopy'

If you want to keep up with Cambridge super scout Catherine Edwards be prepared for a busy week.

On Monday evenings it has involved helping at the 18th Cambridge cubs, Tuesdays at 27th Cambridge Scouts, Wednesdays at 27th cubs, Thursdays at Explorers plus camps, trips and activities at the weekend.

With sitting A-levels at Long Road Sixth Form College, the 18-year-old has had to rein in her scouting. But after her exams she plans to take a gap year – work experience in medicine and scouting of course, and when

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Listen to YOPEY entries interviewed on Cambridge105 radio

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Rohan Hye and Barney Jobson – who have been nominated by Coleridge Community College for being leading figures in the school's anti-bullying club – are interviewed on community radio station Cambridge 105.

You have to listen to YOPEY founder Tony Gearing first for a few minutes, but carry on listening and the boys say some good stuff.

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Quick-thinking duo get dad to badly injured son

The father of a 12-year-old schoolboy who suffered a life-changing leg injury in a road accident has supported the nomination of two of his fellow pupils for an award for their actions that day in getting him to the crash scene.

Daniel Millar and Lucas Dove were cycling just yards behind when the St Ivo School pupil was seriously injured in a road accident in St Ives.

They made sure the younger pupil, who had been in a collision with a car which left him pinned with his bike against a twisted traffic light, was being tended by adults

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Ambassadors seek out young carers to give them support

If you looked after an ill or disabled member of your family and were worried about how much you were doing, that you were missing out on stuff and even felt trapped by your situation, who would you turn to? Perhaps someone like you – another young carer?

In Peterborough some of the estimated 250,000 young carers in the UK are using their own experience to give a voice to others, whose difficult, demanding and vital role has gone largely unheard.

At the city’s regional college, they are students Sarah Smalley,

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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 is believed to be the youngest person ever to be responsible for cleaning the milestone in her village of Elton.

She also 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 .
 
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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

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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’

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Young carer Cassie is a leader at Guides and youth club

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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

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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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