On Tuesday 15th November Patrick Grady MP met a number of young people nominated for this year’s British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Twenty finalists, aged seven to twenty-five, attended the award ceremony at the Palace of Westminster. Amongst this year’s shortlisted entries for the awards, sponsored by Canon, was a young man who has set up a coffee shop venture for homeless people, a seven year old who has raised thousands of pounds for diabetes charities and volunteers who did 12 hour shifts in Calais’s refugee camps through last winter.
Mr Grady said: “It was both humbling and inspiring to hear the stories of many of the young people present. Their achievements are indicative of a selfless spirit which should motivate us all to do more in our community.”
Mike Adamson, Red Cross Chief Executive said: “These young people are an inspiration to everyone. They are committed to making a difference and helping people in their communities – they embody true humanitarian qualities. Their actions have saved lives, helped vulnerable people and supported communities. Across the UK thousands of young people selflessly give up their time to help others. These awards are a chance to give those young people the recognition they deserve and to say a huge thank you for all their hard work.”
The ceremony included an exhibition of shortlisted photographs on the theme ‘Making a difference matters’. The competition, open to anyone under the age of 26, invited young people to capture moments showing community or charitable work.