14 November 2014
A group of young heroes and talented photographers came together today for an awards extravaganza.
The proud winners of both our Humanitarian Citizen Awards – and brand new young person’s photography competition – attended a special ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.
The overall winner of the Humanitarian Citizen Awards was brave Jess Bradley, from Shetland. The 21-year-old used her first aid skills to help a man with a stab injury in his neck – and medics later said the casualty might have died without her swift help.
But the trained first aider is surprisingly blasé about the whole incident. As she put it: “I didn’t think it was anything remarkable – it was what I’d been trained to do, an instinct.”
Other victors included 20-year-old Daniel Redhead, from Sheffield. The inspirational student has raised £50,000 for Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research since his best friend James died from the disease five years ago.
Charlotte Wealthy – an 18-year-old from Wirral – was another worthy winner. After experiencing anxiety and depression during her adolescent years, the teenager was determined to help others facing a similar plight.
She helped create a special app that supports young people during moments of crisis, and reduces stigma around mental health.
Finally, Laura May – who sustained spinal cord damage when she was a child – was recognised for her role with Back Up, a charity that helps people with spinal cord injuries.
The 19-year-old from Chorley has worked tirelessly to help other young people adjust to their injuries and achieve their dreams.
The Red Cross’ first-ever young photography competition, judged by acclaimed photographer David Parry, also attracted a high level of entries from across the world.
The theme of the competition was ‘What makes a hero?’ and each entrant wrote a short caption explaining how their shot matched the theme.
Our ultimate winners were Souvid Datta (senior category) and Katie Ward (aged 17 and under). You can check out all the winning images on our competition blog.
Both of the competitions – and all the fabulous prizes – have been kindly sponsored by Canon.