Young carer volunteers every day she can at youth project
A young woman who helps look after others, while also caring for her younger sister, is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Cambridgeshire’s younger generation.
Despite severe family pressures Jessica Nix volunteers most evenings to support vulnerable young people in a similar position to herself, and has grown into “an amazing, passionate and caring young woman”.
Now the 19-year-old been nominated for the LifePlus Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ –
YOPEYs are back with £4,000 to be won
The Cambridgeshire YOPEYs or Young People of the Year awards are back after a year’s absence.
There is £4,000 to be won by young people across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire who are positive role models and ‘give to others’.
The senior Cambridgeshire Young Person of the Year will win £500 – £400 for their work for the community and £100 to treat themselves. The junior Cambridgeshire Young Person of the Year will win £300 – £200 for their work for
Why sponsors back YOPEY
Several YOPEY sponsors have said why they support Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year.
Hutchinson Chairman David Hutchinson said: “YOPEY awards help to recognise the wonderful work for their communities that young people undertake and we are delighted to support this excellent initiative.”
Lifeplus Managing Director Malcolm Vincent said: “We are delighted to once again be supporting the Young People of the Year awards. At Lifeplus, we believe we can make a difference by inspiring people to live well
Cambs roll of YOPEY honour since 2006
Among the senior winners over the years have been:
2006 Peter Gate, then 21, who raised £45,000 to build 30 school buildings in Uganda
2007 Belinda Theaker and Tasha Read, both 17, raised £15,000 and did much of the work to covert a disused building in Bluntisham into a youth centre
2008 Nick Bennett, then 23, who is wheelchair-bound after a road accident and gives road safety presentations to teenagers
2009 Sarah Bannister, 16, who has Crohn’s disease and
Junior YOPEY winners – can you compare?
Among the junior winners over the years have been:
2006 Steven Langridge, then about 15, helped to care for his mother Jenny who had a brain haemorrhage
2007 The cancer battle by the late Liam Fairhurst, then 12, inspired others to raise over £100,000 for cancer charities
2008 Sian O’Hearn, then 14, raised £4,500 so that her disabled children, including her sister, could go to the Special Olympics
2009 David Poskitt, then 13, took part in a sponsored
Past winners praise YOPEY
Three past YOPEY winners have spoken out in support of YOPEY and what it did for them.
2013 winner Sam Carvalho said: “Being nominated for a YOPEY award was very touching to me because I had been quietly helping people with mental health issues. I had no idea that people were paying attention to what I was doing. Going on to win the award was an amazing experience. YOPEY showed me I was appreciated and inspired me to carry on with my good work.
“Even before I was nominated, I had heard of YOPEY and thought it was excellent that young people