The inaugural British Citizen Youth Awards – honouring young people who have positively impacted society, communities, charities or other good causes – took place on the 18 October 2016 at the Palace of Westminster.
Extraordinary young people
Twenty youngsters - from across the country - were honoured, with each having their own unique and inspiring story.
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.
From 14 year old Honey Jones who spoke at the United Nations about the future of women diagnosed with Asperger’s and Ryan Wiggins, aged 15, who has spearheaded anti-bulling campaigns across the country, through to Bronte and Esme Clark-Coates – aged 4 and 7 respectively – who have raised thousands of pounds for the Mariposa Trust, a baby loss support charity their parents founded in 2012.
Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, says: ‘The society we live in tomorrow will be shaped by the children of today, which is why championing amazing young role models is so very important.
‘The young people that become the recipients of the first British Citizen Youth Awards will, I am sure, inspire other youngsters to emulate their good work and embody the spirit of transparency, integrity, determination and achievement that define these awards.’
‘Whatever it is that they have done to make a significant impact on society, their community, a charity or other good cause, it will have been with a selflessness and commitment that deserves to be publically acknowledged. These unsung heroes are the rising stars of the future – let us shine a light on them and celebrate!’