Essex '15

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Extracts from script performed at joint London and Essex Young People of the Year at ArtsTwo, Queen Mary University of London, on 21 November 2015 (with stage directions)

GIVE IT UP FOR NISHALL GARALA!

Runner-up – won £100 including £50 for Harlow Youth Council

Nishall Garala spent a lot of time helping the community in his home town.

Like YOPEY founder Tony Gearing, Nishall was born and grew up in a new town and is very proud of where he comes from.

In his case it is Harlow new town, which is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Nishall’s roles have included being a youth councillor, a student governor at his college, liaising with local police, helping local residents and even trying to BIG UP HARLOW

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A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR KATIE KILPATRICK

Runner-up – won £100 including £50 for Allergy Adventures

Colchester schoolgirl Katie Kilpatrick is a godsend to her mum. Together they care for her two younger brothers, both suffering from multiple health problems.

But it is not just at home where Katie's caring nature comes out. Because of her family's Scottish heritage, she also helps teach highland dancing.

Six-year-old Christopher has many allergies to food and medicine. Currently, he can only eat potatoes, rice, ham and banana.

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR DAISY FOSTER!

Runner-up – won £100 including £50 for Music for Motor Neurone

Having supported her stepdad through a serious illness 12-year-old Daisy Foster decided to carry on his fundraising after he died.

In 2011 Daisy's stepdad, Jay Newman, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, which attacks the nervous system. A great music-lover, Jay had organized one fundraising concert and was planning another when he died suddenly last year, aged 41.

Traumatically, it was Daisy who found her step-dad on the day he died.

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GIVE IT UP FOR THE ESSEX GIRLS!

Runners-up – won £100 including £50 for MIND

Five Essex young women have used their experiences of dealing with mental health issues to help shape a new service for young people in the county.

Essex Council asked for volunteers to become a reference group for the new Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service. The council particularly asked for volunteers who had experience of mental health services.

For over a year the five females worked on the new service which is due to start soon.

They were:

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