Now in its second year, the British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA), in association with Specsavers, seeks to highlight the many acts of bravery, kindness and compassion carried out by young people across the UK.

Local boy honoured 

Cody McManus, aged 9, from Duddingston was one of the children honoured for his incredible efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster.

Cody was amongst 24 inspirational youngsters across the UK to be awarded a medal in in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to society, charities and good causes.

Incredible stories

Keen boxer Cody created a Christmas Toy Box Appeal last year aiming to fill an entire boxing ring with donated toys and gifts for disadvantaged children across Edinburgh.

He also completed a physical challenge to box nine kids back to back in two minute full contact rounds all in aid of the toy box appeal. This included his friend and fellow boxer that inspired the whole initiative.

Surpassing all expectations, in just six weeks Cody filled the boxing ring with more than 2,000 presents worth an estimated £12,000. Cody wrote letters asking companies for support and due to his determination the appeal was a resounding success, with more than 500 children benefitting.


Cody McManus received his BCyA medal from Ashley Banjo, creative director and lead dancer of Diversity.

Ashley Banjo said: ‘I am honoured to be able to play a part of the British Citizen Youth Awards in October at the Palace of Westminster. What a fantastic way to recognise these young people that have made a difference to their communities up and down the UK.’

A word from the store director

Tracy Galloway, store director of Specsavers Fort Kinnaird 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 on society.’

Cody is now embarking on a new campaign this year with a fundraising 25 mile cycle and aim to gift a bike for Christmas to disadvantaged children across Edinburgh.

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