25 November 2015
Britain’s young heroes got their well-deserved moment in the spotlight this week at the 2015 Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards.
The ceremony recognises heroic acts by young people aged 25 or under.
The event, sponsored by Canon, saw nominees from all walks of life compete in four categories – first aid, fundraising, community action and volunteering.
The awards honoured young people who have triumphed over personal challenges, as well as enriching their communities and being first aid heroes.
Many have also volunteered and raised money and awareness for good causes.
The overall winner of the Humanitarian Citizen awards this year was the Inverclyde Peer Education group.
The group is made up of young people who have a real passion to make the area a safer and happier place to live.
Together they have delivered an extensive programme of peer-to-peer workshops on knife crime and will be helping the government with a new six-month research project on knife crime trends in Scotland.
Aileen Wilson, lead youth worker of the group, said: “There has been a recorded 60 per cent reduction in knife crime since the group started delivering workshops in Inverclyde.
“It would be fair to say that the education workshops they have developed and delivered to young people have had an impact on this.
“They are motivated, passionate and a fantastic example of how amazing young people can be and how they care about making a difference.”
Celebrating young people
For the tenth year running, the Humanitarian Citizen Awards 2015 has partnered with Canon.
Bob Pickles, head of corporate and government affairs at Canon UK, said: “We're delighted to continue our partnership with the British Red Cross this year.
“Canon has been sponsoring the Humanitarian Citizen Awards since 2005, and every year, we’re inspired to see the many ways young people are making a difference to their communities.
“We congratulate all the nominees and winners for their hard work and achievements.”
Other finalists included Alex Mountain, who helped with first aid in the aftermath of a coach crash, and Natasha Lambert, who suffers from cerebral palsy and has raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Red Cross co-ordinator for young people, Gary Mountain, said: “We want this event to celebrate our young community heroes, who make a huge contribution and improvement to other people’s lives. We are very proud of all our nominees.
“They have all used their energy and ingenuity to promote great causes, raise awareness and deliver real change in communities.
“These awards are a great chance to give young people the recognition they deserve and to say thanks for all their hard work.”