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British Red Cross recognises inspiring young people across UK

15 November 2016

Britain’s young heroes were recognised this week at the 2016 Red Cross Humanitarian Awards.

The event, sponsored by Canon, saw nominees aged 25 or under compete in four categories – first aid, fundraising, community action and volunteering.

The awards honour young people who have triumphed over personal challenges or became first aid heroes.

Many have also volunteered and raised money for good causes.

The overall winner of the Humanitarian Awards this year was Ben Harrison.

Ben, a 20-year-old gap-year student, co-ordinated housing in the Calais refugee camp. He is also the winner of the volunteering category.

Speaking about his experience, Ben said: “The people I worked with hadn’t seen home in many months, sometimes years. I was happy to be part of a team that made people feel just that little bit more comfortable amidst all the uncertainty.”

Other finalists included: 

  • Andrew Davies, 17, from Chesterfield, won the Fundraising award. Andrew has raised over £100,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital where, just four years ago, he underwent treatment for leukaemia. 
  • Jeremiah Emmanuel, 17, from London, won the First Aid award for his efforts following a stabbing near his home in May 2016. In the absence of a first aid kit, he improvised by using t-shirts, belts and hoodies to stop the bleeding. He later heard from the casualty that he was making a good recovery. 
  • Julius Ibrahim, 21, from London, was awarded the Community Action award for founding the Second Shot Coffee shop in east London. The coffee shop employs, trains, and supports people affected by homelessness. It also operates a pay-it-forward system that allows customers to prepay for food and drink for hungry and homeless people.

Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “These young people are an inspiration to everyone.

“They are committed to making a difference and helping people in their communities – they embody true humanitarian qualities.

“These awards are a chance to give young people the recognition they deserve and to say a huge thank you for all their hard work.”

For the eleventh year running, the Humanitarian Awards has partnered with Canon.

Bob Pickles, head of corporate and government affairs at Canon UK, said: “Every year, we’re inspired to see the incredible lengths that young people go to, to make a difference in their community.”

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