KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: Daniel proves he's alright - he's our first winner!
A TEENAGER who has overcome depression and violent bullies and is now set for a career in the Royal Navy has become our first Kids Are Alright award winner. Daniel Bredbere, 18, from Wisbech received a prize of �50 of high street shopping vouchers at Wisb
A TEENAGER who has overcome depression and violent bullies and is now set for a career in the Royal Navy has become our first Kids Are Alright award winner.
Daniel Bredbere, 18, from Wisbech received a prize of �50 of high street shopping vouchers at Wisbech Fire Station on Wednesday.
Judges Hayley Engeham, from the Cambridgeshire Criminal Justice Board, Trevor Bracken, from Cambridgeshire Police and Cambs Times/ Wisbech Standard reporter Adam Lazzari had a difficult decision and all agreed there had been a high standard of entries in the first round of the campaign.
The three nominees to miss out this time are Jack Fogerty, 13, from Chatteris who, after being expelled from school, has completely his life around, Charis Abraham, 17, Alex Cooper, 17, and Jack Johnson, all from Chatteris who help to run the local drama group, Crazy Cats, and 21-year-old Jamie Wales, from Wisbech, who, despite having dyslexia, has won the College of West Anglia's Apprentice of the Year Award and Services to the Community Award.
But all are in contention for a future Kids Are Alright award as their entries will roll over into the second round.
Miss Engeham said: "I am impressed by how Daniel appears to have overcome bullies, which can have a profound effect on a person's confidence, to go on to volunteer, give back to his community, gain qualifications, a job and most recently join the Royal Navy.
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"Daniel shows that the bullies do not have to win and with some help and determination anyone being affected by bullying can take a stand and make a difference, not only to their own lives but to others."
Mr Bracken said: "It was a difficult decision separating four good nominations and all would be worthy winners."
• Do you know anybody who you think deserves to be nominated for a Kids Are Alright award?
Send your entries to Adam Lazzari, Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard, 51 High Street, March, PE15 9JJ, or e mail: email@example.com, leaving yours and your nominee's contact details and the reasons why you think they should win an award.