Louis Johnson from Wolverhampton has been presented with a British Citizen Youth Award for spending the last five years devoting himself to raising funds for local charities.
The inaugural British Citizen Youth Awards – honouring young people who have positively impacted society, communities, charities or other good causes – took place at the Palace of Westminster. Twenty youngsters - from across the country - were honoured, with each having their own unique and inspiring story, including Louis from Wolverhampton. The medal presentation ceremony, which is in association with Specsavers, cast a light on some of the nation’s brightest stars of the future. The awards were presented by Kimberly Wyatt of the Pussycat Dolls, whose band has sold over 55 million records worldwide.
Louis, at just 10 years old, has spent the last five years of his life committed to raising funds for local charities. Since the age of five, he has taken part in sponsored fun runs, baked cakes, created cards, sold handmade jewellery and manned countless stalls, all to better the lives of those in need.
Louis supports Crywolves, a charity that helps young people with cardiac conditions, Midlands Air Ambulance, a charity responsible for funding and operating the air ambulances and Compton Hospice, a Wolverhampton based charity which supports patients facing life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Despite being at school full-time and training three times a week for his beloved kickboxing, Louis tirelessly devotes himself to using his spare time to raise funds and awareness, all in aid of making a significant difference to other people’s lives.
The British Citizen Youth Award is the latest accolade with which Louis’ contribution to the community has been recognised, following his finalist nomination in the Express & Star ‘Young Star of the Year’ Awards and his medal in the Wolverhampton Youth Citizen Award, both of which he received for his community service.
The children of today
Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, said: ‘The society we live in tomorrow will be shaped by the children of today, which is why championing amazing young role models is so very important.
‘The young people that become the recipients of the first British Citizen Youth Awards will, I am sure, inspire other youngsters to emulate their good work and embody the spirit of transparency, integrity, determination and achievement that define these awards.’
‘Whatever it is that they have done to make a significant impact on society, their community, a charity or other good cause, it will have been with a selflessness and commitment that deserves to be publicly acknowledged. These unsung heroes are the rising stars of the future – let us shine a light on them and celebrate!’