The inaugural British Citizen Youth Awards – honouring young people who have positively impacted society, communities, charities or other good causes – took place recently at the Palace of Westminster.
Twenty youngsters - from across the country - were honoured, each having their own unique and inspiring story, including 11-year-old Lyndsey Engelbrecht from Cheshunt.
The medal presentation ceremony, which is in association with Specsavers, cast a light on some of the nation’s brightest stars of the future. The awards were presented by Kimberly Wyatt of the Pussycat Dolls, whose band has sold over 55 million records worldwide.
Lyndsey’s former head teacher at Forty Hill School in Enfield first approached her mum Lillian about the British Citizen Youth Awards, after she read about the call for nominations in the local media.
Lyndsey has become an avid fundraiser, raising around £500 for Cancer Research UK through a cake sale, raffle and half marathon run in the last year.
Mum Lillian Engelbrecht is very proud of her daughter’s fundraising spirit: ‘When Lyndsey was two years old, she was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia and was very poorly for a number of years. As she grows up, she is beginning to understand more about her early life and wants to help other people whose lives have been touched by cancer.
‘Lyndsey never imagined she would win a medal for her efforts, but we can all see how deserving she is.’