25 March 2013
Nominations for the 2013 Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards opened on Saturday 23 March, giving everyone the chance to celebrate unsung young heroes.
The annual event celebrates selfless acts by young people aged 25 or under, with awards in four categories – first aid, fundraising, community action and volunteering.
Awards organiser Gary Mountain said: “Every day young people across the UK do extraordinary things to help others in their communities. These awards are a chance to celebrate that amazing work, and say thank you to some truly inspiring young people.
“So if you know an unsung hero, now is the time to put them in the spotlight.”
Nominations can be made in just a few minutes on the Red Cross website.
Last year’s overall winner was Erin McNeill from Clackmannanshire in Scotland, who suffered 40 per cent burns in a house fire when she was a teenager. Since then Erin has campaigned to raise awareness of fire safety, and raised money for firefighters’ charities.
Other winners were praised for supporting bereaved children and giving life-saving first aid.
Nominations for the awards close on 14 July, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 5 October.
Young people do not need any connection to the Red Cross to be nominated for an award.