On Wednesday 12 August is was Youth Day. Organised by the Youth Council we celebrated the contributions of Salfordian young citizens to their community.
Seven of Salford's most inspiring young people have told their stories in a unique new film which can be viewed when following the link.
A massive well done to all of you! Here are some inspiring stories.
The young people who star in the film are:
Robyn Newell, 13, from Clifton who has a serious heart condition but raised £1000 for the Children’s Heart Association. She took part in a sponsored trampoline Jump-a-thon in March despite having had a major heart operation weeks before the event.
Hannah Payton, 17, from Swinton who has Downs Syndrome but never lets her disability get in her way. She has represented England and Great Britain in swimming and is currently studying at Eccles College (Skills for Life foundation certificate.)
Ewan Wilson, 12, from Langworthy trains at 5am twice a week and most evenings to represent Salford in swimming – but is always on time for school and is an exemplary student. Ewan was recently awarded the Young Talent Award 2015 by the City of Salford Swimming Club and is ranked second in the countryfor his age.He hopes to be a future Olympic medallist.
John Hoey, 18, from Little Hulton, spends a lot of time caring for his disabled parents but is chasing his dream of becoming a professional dancer. He is now Ambassador at The Lowry and has written funding bids to involve other children and young people in dance and the performing arts.
Kerry Morton, 16, from Walkden has cared for her parents for many years but has not let it affect her studies at Moorside High School. Kerry has campaigned for more recognition for young carers and has planned and organised a young carers’ awareness and fund raising day at school.
Bethany Saville, 15, from Swinton was recognised by the Rotary Club of Salford last year for acts of good citizenship. She is a member of Salford’s Youth Council with responsibility for safeguarding, a member of Manchester United Foundation Choir, takes part in Manchester United girls football tournaments and has taken part in the Young Enterprise scheme, mentoring school students, school talent competitions and performances and the BBC Young Reporter scheme. Her school (The Swinton High School) say she always gives 100% in effort and passion and sets a great example to other pupils.
Alex Norris, 11, from Winton is also a young carer and was nominated for his resilience and accepting any challenge asked of him in school or outside without complaint. He is a school councillor who works with fellow students to improve the school, works with older students on student panel interviews, a fantastic public speaker and has organised charity events at Salford City Academy who describe him as an invaluable contributor to the school and outstanding citizen.
Also nominated but not filmed were:
Ethan Evans, 13, from Langworthy who joined Salford swimming club five years ago after being badly hurt in a hit and run car accident. He has gone on to break club records that have stood for 20 years and is the Lancashire county Under 13 champion in the 200m butterfly. Ethan has also raised over £13,000 for local hospices and charities as well as organising a Christmas food bank collection last year.
Sham Abraham, 16, from Broughton is Albion Academy’s first head boy, despite arriving in Salford speaking very little English when his family fledwar-torn Eritrea. With support from the school, hard work and sheer determination he has graduated from the school’s outstanding learner programme and was chosen as head boy by students and staff for being such a positive role model. He also volunteers to teach older people digital skills and inspire children in feeder primary schools.
James Sinclair, 16, from Weaste is deputy head boy at Oasis Academy and an inspiration to other students with his ‘can do’ attitude. James planned and organised the academy’s Christmas festival, raising over £400 for the school and has devised innovative ways to fund raise for overseas projects supported by Oasis. He also volunteers twice a week for Cycling for All.
Laura Edwards, Salford’s Youth MP, said: “There are a lot of young people who do a lot of good without any recognition - this competition is a great way to change that, but only if we all get involved. I'd encourage everyone to nominate a young person they think deserving, even if it's themselves."
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