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Young winners announced

Stories of courage, determination and kindness were told as children were honoured at the Three Towns Youth Awards.
The achievements of young people were celebrated at the Youth Forum awards ceremony in May, when seven main winners were announced as well as runners-up.

Youth Forum member Alisha Oakden said: “It was nice to see so many happy young people getting recognised for the good things they do, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable night, can’t wait for next year’s!”

Josh Conlon, also a member of the Youth Forum, added: “Amazing night. The winners deserved the awards and the runners up were amazing too.”

The Hero Award went to Lyndon Longhorne. Lyndon, who lost both legs, one hand and fingertips to meningitis, is working towards his dream to swim for Britain in the Paralympics. He has also become a mentor to Robbie, four, who also lost his legs and fingertips to meningitis. The Personality Award was won by Sam Higginbotham, of Wolsingham School, who always volunteers and is a sports ambassador for his school.

Danielle Brown was awarded the Helping Others Award. Danielle is a carer for her mum and brother but also manages to captain a netball team, do coaching and refereeing in primary schools and help out at the local youth club. Donna Heslop was awarded the Young People’s Choice Award. Donna, a teacher at Parkside Sports College, was nominated by several of her pupils.

The Wildcard Award was won by Nathan Hodges. Nathan, who struggles with severe dyslexia, joined Jack Drum Youth Theatre despite being very shy and now helps young members of the group.

Cassandra Anne Graham won the Young Carers Award after looking after both of her disabled parents.

Tow Law Under 17 Football Team were awarded the Teamwork Award.


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