12 April 2010
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The British Red Cross is searching for Britain’s real life young superheroes.
The charity’s annual Humanitarian Citizens’ Awards recognises the valuable contribution young people make to the lives of others, through volunteering, first aid, fundraising, or helping their community. The competition is open to anyone aged 25 and under, and includes individuals and groups.
Robin Wells, British Red Cross Youth Development co-ordinator said:
“This award recognises the amazing things that young people do to help others. They may not wear masks or a cape, but their selfless actions have a real impact and help to make the world a better place.”
“In a time when there are often negative images of young people, we want to celebrate their ingenuity and generosity. The Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards are a chance to reward these young people and give them the recognition they deserve.”
Last year’s winners include Vikki George (24) from Surrey, who set up a charity called Post Pals to send cards, gifts and letters to seriously ill children, and Beat Ambassadors, a group from Norwich who help other young people with eating disorders.
Nominations can be made online at www.redcross.org.uk/theaward until Friday 23 July. The awards will be judged by a panel of young people, which includes winners from previous years.
Notes to editors
Photography of last year’s ceremony and stock imagery of young people volunteering is also included. For interviews with last year’s winners please contact: Penny Sims (0207 877 7044).
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.