Inspirational youngsters nominated for prestigious awards

INSPIRATION -- Sarah Miles receives her award from Coun John Peck at the 2013 4Uth Awards.

INSPIRATION -- Sarah Miles receives her award from Coun John Peck at the 2013 4Uth Awards.

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Two inspirational youngsters from the Ashfield and Mansfield area are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a former winner in the prestigious 2015 4Uth Awards.

Sarah Miles (17), of Kirkby, was the winner two years ago in the awards, which are a celebration of excellence and achievement among young people. Now 12-year-old Lily-Rose Rochford, of Appleton Road, Blidworth, and 18-year-old Harry Wood, of Cardale Road, Pleasley, are among the dozens of nominations for this year’s accolades.

Organised by Notts County Council, the awards focus particularly on those who have triumphed over adversity, those who care for people around them and those working hard within their community to make a difference.

Sarah won for her work as a carer for her mum and dad. She said: “The 4Uth Awards recognise what young people do. I was really proud to win. It is good to have it on my CV as something I can point to future employers.”

Lily-Rose helps care for her baby brother Jackson, who has a rare skin condition and needs a high level of support. If he trips or falls, his skin tears and bleeds.

Nominated by Emma Betteridge, a youth worker at Sutton Young People’s Centre, Lily-Rose has even written a song about Jackson. “She demonstrates a maturity beyond her years,” says Coun Liz Plant, of the council.

Harry has overcome autism to play a major role in activities at Mansfield Youth Link Club, from where he has been nominated by youth worker Rachael Peat. He has helped youngsters with concerns about bullying and homework. And after completing work experience at Portland College, he has started an apprenticeship at Mansfield Library. “He is an inspiration, and someone other young people can turn to,” says Coun Plant.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 26th June, with the awards ceremony on Friday 23rd October.