Twenty six inspiring youngsters from across the UK were recognised at this year’s British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA) for their extraordinary contribution to society, charities and good causes.
Freddie Clark from South Yorkshire was honoured for his efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 16th October, attended by 120 guests including host, Rt. Hon. Lord Blunkett, patrons Dame Mary Perkins, Nicky Cox MBE and presenter Kimberly Wyatt.
Now in its fourth year, the BCyA, in association with Specsavers, highlights individual acts of bravery, kindness and compassion from young people under the age of 18 across the UK.
Freddie known in martial arts circles as ‘Fast Foot Freddie’ – having achieved Junior Black Belt status aged 10 and achieved several other titles during his short martial arts career. He is driven to prove to other children that taking part in sports, irrespective of your ability is healthier than sitting watching TV or playing games on a console.
Freddie set up the ‘Fast Foot Squad’ on social media and uploads tutorials on YouTube to encourage parents and children to take up a healthier lifestyle. Freddie travels around the UK driving his message to other children promoting healthy living and being physically active. He was recently asked to attend a large Confidence Build Seminar showing his martial arts as a way of improving self-esteem, physical confidence, tackling bullying and addressing mental health issues.
Freddie’s motto is ‘Be different, be you’ and he takes this message wherever he goes to show others that despite failures if you continue to push yourself you can achieve your goals. Attending the ‘Young Esteem Summit’ he spoke in front of an audience of children and adults about confidence issues and how to be happy to be yourself.
Freddie is now on the path of using his skills for charity events and this year is raising money for Bluebell Wood hospice.
Freddie received his BCyA medal from Kimberly Wyatt, Presenter of Got to Dance and member of The Pussycats Dolls.
'I am honoured to present the British Citizen Youth Awards. This awards programme shines a light on the efforts of our youth and is something to be revered. The world needs more young people like these leading our communities.'
Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers and BCyA Patron said 'These unsung heroes are the rising stars of the future – let us shine a light on them and Celebrate! I hope that many more youngsters will follow in their footsteps.'
Following the formal medal presentations, all guests were treated to an Open Top Lap of Honour Tour of the capital courtesy of Big Bus London, which has supported the BCyA since its inception.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 medal presentations, register online at www.britishcitizenyouthawards.co.uk