Recognising young volunteers

by | 9 January 2024 | Notice, Retford

A group of inspirational Nottinghamshire teenagers are celebrating after winning prestigious youth awards in recognition of their voluntary work, including Edward Robinson (11), a pupil at Bracken Lane School in Retford.

He has become a substantial support for his family when dealing with the additional, complex needs of his younger brother. Edward assists his mum when he gets distressed and helps with chores around the house and making areas safe for his brother.

Winners of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Awards for 2023 were honoured at a glittering ceremony at County Hall on Friday 24th November, where 17-year-old Shayden West, who attends Quarrydale Academy in Sutton-in-Ashfield, was announced as the overall winner.

The annual event at County Hall brought together all the county’s seven district winners and their proud families, who watched videos showcasing their triumphs and inspirational stories.

The event was attended by around 100 guests, including members of the youth service and County Council Chairman, Councillor John Ogle.

He said, “It’s always a pleasure to be able to gather and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Nottinghamshire’s young people.

“This is the 12th year of the 4Uth Awards and each year we are consistently amazed at the difficulties they manage to overcome, whilst managing to help and support others as well.

“They are all very deserving and should be extremely proud of themselves, as I am sure Nottinghamshire is.”

The other district award winners are:

  • Leah Cholerton (16) from Broxtowe
  • Jamie Thorley (20) from Rushcliffe
  • Mia Louise Smith (14) from Mansfield
  • Megan Towers (15) from Gedling
  • Reece Martin (16) from Newark and Sherwood