Choose your Kid of the Year - nine youngsters shortlisted for overall prize
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:33 02 June 2010
THE Kids Are Alright – and we ve been proving it for the last year. We are now giving our readers the opportunity to choose a Kid of the Year. Each month a Kids Are Alright judging panel has picked a winner. We have now pulled together a shortlist of nine
THE Kids Are Alright - and we've been proving it for the last year.
We are now giving our readers the opportunity to choose a Kid of the Year.
Each month a Kids Are Alright judging panel has picked a winner. We have now pulled together a shortlist of nine and are asking you to choose an overall winner.
Your winner will be announced at the celebration and prize-giving event at Wisbech Fire Station on March 29. It will feature break dancing from Dance Offensive and a performance from Peterborough Drama Group.
The winner will receive a trophy and shopping vouchers. There will also be prizes for two runners-up.
The chief constable of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence, will also be in attendance, and everyone who has featured in the Kids Are Alright campaign has been invited.
The campaign will be re-launched later in the year.
DANIEL BREDBERE, from Wisbech
DANIEL was a victim of bullying and overcame a bout of depression. He worked with Connexions and Nacro, turned his life around and pursued a career in the Royal Navy.
He has also volunteered in Fenland, working on the Wisbech Rose Fair and helping out at activity days at schools, during the holidays. Daniel has also worked as a peer mentor at Connexions.
Connexions intensive personal advisor Dawn Carter said: "It's very impressive to see Daniel using the skills he has developed to help others who have had similar problems to himself."
MARSHLAND HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS
A GROUP of 20 Year 10 and Year 11 pupils travelled to Malawi to help some of the world's poorest children.
They raised £7,500 in seven months to help the children and spent three weeks building classrooms and improving facilities in the town of Nkhotakota.
Trevor Bracken, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "For 20 15 and 16 year olds to raise £7,500 in seven months is a truly amazing achievement in itself.
"That all of that money is for some of the world's poorest children in Malawi is particularly commendable."
MICHELLE EWART, from March
MICHELLE became homeless after her unruly behaviour drove her parents to despair. But she turned her life around after completing the Prince's Trust Award.
Michelle gained a NVQ level one qualification, volunteered at youth clubs in Murrow and Parson Drove and pursued a career as a youth worker.
Hayley Greenham, from the Cambridgeshire Criminal Justice Board, said: "I think this story is inspirational to young people who may feel their lives are heading in the wrong direction.
"Michelle is living proof that it is possible to make that change and you can achieve what you want out of life."
EMILY HILL, from Whittlesey
Emily is a dedicated fund raiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her fundraising was inspired by her friend Siobhan Southwell, who had to have her kidney replaced in 2007.
Emily has raised money by climbing Mount Snowdon and creating and selling calendars containing photographs of scenes around Whittlesey.
All of the money Emily raises goes towards new equipment at the dialysis unit of the hospital.
Emily's mother Suzanne said: "Emily realises that she is very lucky to be in good health and is able to lead a normal life. She wants to do everything she can to help others who are not so lucky."
THE GIGGLY GIRLS GROUP
THESE fun-loving fund raisers run a youth club in Wisbech and organise charity activities and events to help them develop life skills.
The girls have run in the 5km Race for Life and a 10km charity race in Cambridge.
Hayley Greenham, from the Cambridgeshire Criminal Justice Board, said: "The Giggly Girls stood out to me to be a mature, focused group of young girls who give up their free time to develop their own skills as well as taking part in various fund-raising to help and fund their own activities.
"The Wisbech community should be extremely proud of these young girls and the positive example they set."
LAUREN GOODE, CHARLIE MANDERS, GARETH USHER, SHANNON CAMPBELL, ADAM STOCKBRIDGE, JORDAN McGARVIE and WHITNEY GILLEN, from Young People March
THESE volunteers help to run Young People March and organise several community events in Fenland.
They also get involved in community events such as March Has Talent and they organised a day out for themselves and pensioners from March Trinity Church to Hunstanton.
Co-manager of YPM, Jayne Manders, said: "They are a fantastic group of mature young people. They get so angry about negative stereotypes that young people are all hoodie-wearing yobs and they are passionate about putting the record straight.
"We simply wouldn't be able to exist without their efforts."
BEN, KIERAN and SEAN from Continuum School, Wisbech
THESE boys dedicated 10 hours a week to helping Wisbech Cricket Club, cutting grass, repairing the changing rooms and painting the score huts.
John Mallett, pastoral manager of Continuum School and Wisbech Cricket Club member, said: "The lads are an absolute God send and I don't know how we would manage without them.
"Pupils at schools like ours get labelled as "naughty children" but they are in fact youngsters with complex life problems that are trying to achieve their maximum potential."
Members of the MONDAY NIGHT YOUTH CLUB at CENTRE FOUR, the Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech
THESE youngsters have been supporting the international Send a Smile Appeal, which helps thousands of children in India.
They decorated T-shirts that have been donated by members of the public and sending them to India. For each T-shirt received, the charity received £3.
Hayley Greenham, from the Cambridgeshire Criminal Justice Board, said: "The young people are showing compassion and great entrepreneurial skills for the future."
ABBIE ROSS, from Friday Bridge
ABBIE spent six months in Kenya, where she worked voluntarily in a school, orphanage and hospital.
Trevor Bracken, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "Abbie is a classic example of what the Kids Are Alright initiative is all about, as an 18-year-old performing voluntary work overseas would not normally receive local acclaim.
"I was impressed that Abbie saved her own money and sought funding from elsewhere in Fenland to enable her visit to Kenya and help some of the world's poorest children."
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