10 October 2011
The British Red Cross celebrated young heroes at the weekend, as the proud winners of the Humanitarian Citizen Awards attended an exclusive award ceremony in London.
The young victors gathered on 8 October in the Great Hall of the Bishopsgate Institute, a prestigious building in London known for holding music and cultural events.
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.
Brave first aider
The overall winner this year was 15-year-old Jacob Rice from Essex, who also won the first aid category. Jacob showed remarkable courage when a friend fell off his BMX bike and suffered a horrendous injury (which eventually needed 54 stitches and plastic surgery).
Faced with a five-inch gash across his friend’s head and serious loss of blood, Jacob kept his cool. He applied pressure to the wound, constantly reassured his ailing friend and – after calling 999 – provided vital information to the emergency services.
The fundraising award went to performance marvel Bethany Hare (11) from Leeds – who wrote, storyboarded, acted and sang in a short Charlie Chaplin-style film to raise money for Martin House Children's Hospice. Putting her money firmly where her mouth is, Bethany used her own savings to fund the project and is now well on the way to raising £11,000 – enough to cover the running costs of the entire hospice for a full day.
Nicole Eadie (17) from Kyle of Lochalsh won the community category after she helped 16 Romanian migrants – aged 19 to 48 – who were staying at a reception centre after being victims of human trafficking. Besides organising games and entertainment, Nicole set up first aid and English lessons for the group and helped introduce them to the local community.
Finally, Scott Clarke (22) was the deserving winner of the volunteering category. The medical student, from Brough in Yorkshire, wrote a 92-page first aid guide to help train more than 6,000 students, orphans and community members across Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. He has also visited Africa several times to promote first aid, and provide care for street-children and orphans.
Samuel Abrahams, who nominated Scott for his award, said: “It’s difficult to describe the impact Scott has had on his friends, colleagues and communities around the world. He’s achieved more and helped more people than most of us do in a lifetime – and he is only 21.”