On Friday night, I took part in one of the annual events in the local calendar that I absolutely love. Elmbridge Young People’s Awards is organised by Lynn Hunt (who coordinates Molesey police volunteers) and local PC Phil Jebb. They have a great team supporting them, and our Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley opened the event this year.
Amidst some of the negative media stories about youngsters, this is our opportunity to pay tribute to some remarkable and uplifting stories of youngsters doing truly inspiring things in our community. There are various categories of awards, including bravery, young carer and personal adversity, and local schools nominate children for special recognition in each category.
This year, there were some exceptional examples of youngsters turning their lives around, overcoming personal illness or loss, and charitable fund-raising. It really felt like a showcase of young people with big hearts and tremendous character. We were joined by the High Sheriff of Surrey, Elizabeth Kennedy, Elmbridge Mayor and her Consort Jan Fuller and John Caton, not to mention Charlotte Hawkins from ITV’s Good Morning Britain. I had the honour of introducing the winners, and it was a fantastic night. My congratulations to all the children involved – and Lynn Hunt and her team for making it happen!
(Photo courtesy of Richard Baldwin)