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Swindon girl honoured with BCyA

15 November, 2017
Ashley Banjo, Phoebe Maddison and Lauren Thomas
Ashley Banjo, Phoebe Maddison and Lauren Thomas at the formal presentation of the British Citizen Youth Awards.

Phoebe Maddison from Swindon was delighted to be announced a medallist for this year’s British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA), in association with Specsavers, in recognition of her extraordinary contribution charity.

Phoebe received her award at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 19 October.

Phoebe’s story

At 13 years of age, Phoebe is an inspiration to everyone living with Type 1 diabetes. Since her diagnosis at the age of four, she has been determined to support Diabetes UK and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through raising funds and awareness.

When Phoebe was seven-years-old, she made a short educational film that was commissioned by the BBC called ‘Same But Different’ which is available to watch online.  

She then created a short film where she interviewed teachers and children about diabetes. This was shown widely in the UK and she won a BAFTA award for best individual film.

On Phoebe’s 11th birthday, she held a party and invited her entire class, but rather than receiving gifts, she asked friends and students to make donations to Diabetes UK and raised hundreds of pounds.

After recently meeting the Prime Minister, who also has Type 1 diabetes, at Diabetes UK Headquarters in London, Phoebe sees her as an inspiration.

A word from the store director

David Grieves, store director of Specsavers Swindon said: ‘As a partner of the BCyA, it is always uplifting to hear about the amazing and selfless acts performed by youngsters both within our community and across the UK. 

‘Whether it be raising money for charity or helping those in need, we want to grow awareness of these achievements and inspire the next generation of children to make a similar positive impact.’

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