Young East Kilbride role model is honoured
Twenty four inspirational youngsters from across the UK were delighted to be announced as medallists for this year’s British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA) in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to society, charities and good causes.
Jenny Cook from East Kilbride was one of the children honoured for their incredible efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 19th October.
Now in its second year, the BCyA, in association with Specsavers, seeks to highlight the many acts of bravery, kindness and compassion carried out by young people across the UK.
Jenny, 14, has raised an incredible £315,000 for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and The Catherine McEwan Foundation to-date. She started fundraising for the two charities after she was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), at four-years-old and underwent three major operations, the first aged six.
Jenny became a ‘hospital buddy’ to offer support to other children with IBD and held her first fundraiser, a cheese and wine night, at her primary school aged five-years-old, raising £5,000.
Variety of fundraising activities
She has raised funds through a variety of activities over the past nine years. A popular favourite is her ‘Tea Jenny’ annual ladies’ lunch which takes place every September.
The concept of the lunch was created through Jenny’s love of tea and the first lunch was attended by 70 ladies. Numbers have swelled over the seven years Jenny has organised the event with 520 attending the most recent gathering, raising £25,000.
In addition to her charity work, Jenny also raises awareness about her condition by visiting schools, offices and charity events to speak about her life and how she copes with Ulcerative Colitis, sometimes in front of hundreds of people.