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Young superheroes get their humanitarian awards

2 October 2010

Humanitarian Citizens Awards superhero mask© InfoThe winners of this year’s British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards enjoyed a hop, skip and jump to victory at an exclusive award ceremony at the Museum of Childhood in London.

The young winners gathered on 2 October in the prestigious venue, which houses the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of childhood-related artefacts.

The Red Cross’ annual Humanitarian Citizen Awards, sponsored by Canon, celebrate the contribution that young individuals and groups make to the lives of others. There are four categories: first aid, fundraising, volunteering and community action.

Champion fundraiser

The overall winner this year was 15-year-old wonder volunteer Cameron Foster from Wigan, who also won the fundraising category. Five years ago, Cameron broke both legs and an arm in a ski accident and, during his long recovery, became keenly aware of how frustrating it must be for disabled people to feel excluded from sports.

Since then, the young dynamo has done countless sponsored runs and walks, and notched up quite a few abseils – including Old Trafford – on his way to raising £10,000 to buy specialist sports equipment for disabled people.

Young heroes

The first aid award went to Ross Pickthall (18) from Keswick, whose busy year included responding to the Cockermouth floods and supporting local residents in the aftermath of the Cumbria shootings. He was also on the Keswick school bus when it crashed in May and gave first aid treatment to his fellow passengers.

Young Scot Lynne Stewart (22) was the deserved winner of the volunteering category. Over the past five years, she has repeatedly volunteered at a children’s home in India and has even launched her own charity – Volunteering Connect Cultures – to enable more young people to volunteer overseas.

Finally, Red Cross volunteer Fergus Carter-Brazier scooped the community action award after he launched a first aid awareness project for young mums and dads in Portsmouth. Besides actually taking the sessions, Fergus is also deeply involved in planning and budgeting for the project.

Emma Johns, awards co-ordinator, said: “We had a stunning collection of more than 80 entries this year and it was really difficult to pick out the winners. All our entrants are a credit to young people everywhere.”

Learn more about the Humanitarian Citizen Awards


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