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.

Grace Warnock, aged 12, from Prestonpans was one of the children honoured for their incredible efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 19th October. Grace 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.

Changing attitudes

Inspired by her own experiences with Crohn’s Disease, Grace designed a new sign for Accessible toilets depicting that not all disabilities are visible.

The sign incorporates a female, wheelchair and male silhouette. The chair in the middle represents inclusion and the hearts represent that the disability is invisible and that others should have a heart and not judge what cannot be seen.

Grace is hoping to change people’s attitudes by using her sign to educate those who would normally be quick to judge.

Grace’s signs can be spotted at various locations across the UK including the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Airport, Intu Group, Enjoy leisure centres, the new National Sport Centre Inverclyde and Hibernian Football Stadium.

It is also popping up in garden centres throughout the UK which was started by Cardwell Garden Centre in Gourock.

Medallist

Grace Warnock received her BCyA medal from Ashley Banjo, creative director and lead dancer of Diversity.

Ashley 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

Diana Kelly, store director of Specsavers Musselburgh says: ‘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.’

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