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.

Emily Lindley from Glamis was one of the children honoured for their incredible efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 19th October.

Celebrating bravery and kindness of young people

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.

Incredible stories

Emily, 14, has raised more than £2,880 for an orphanage in Kenya. She began fundraising for the orphanage aged nine when a teacher from Webster’s High School visited her primary school and delivered a talk to her class about orphans in Kenya who needed money for a daily meal and footwear to prevent footrot.

Emily was so touched by their plight she began fundraising by organising coffee mornings, sponsored walks and selling bracelets made by the Nyahera community she helps in Kenya.

Closer to home, Emily also regularly visits a local residential care home to provide dog therapy with family pet Spencer, which has proved beneficial for the care home’s residents, some of whom have dementia.

Emily has built up a fantastic rapport with all the residents, taking the time to chat with them and listen to their stories.

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