The Nottinghamshire Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Award recognises young people who have achieved a great deal and pushed their personal boundaries, whatever they are.
Sarah Clark, of Westbourne Road, took the victory for Sutton-in Ashfield because of her hard work in support of other young people and for her commitment to her responsibilities as a carer for her father.
“I’m quite glad I have been recognised for the work I am doing. I don’t do things to win the award but to get recognition is quite nice and gives me warming feeling,” she said.
She was nominated by Emma Betteridge, a youth worker with the county council’s youth service at Sutton Young People’s Centre.
Emma said: “She spends a lot of time talking to young people asking then what they wanted and she is absolutely brilliant.”
Sarah works as a junior IT trainer at Kings Mill Hospital and gives up her spare time to be part of the hospital panto production every year.
When she is not at work she spends her time at home caring for her dad who had a motorbike accident and this year he had to have his leg amputated.
“It has put tremendous pressure on us but I just help out where I can.
“I bring the bed down stairs when he can’t get upstairs and there was a stage in the summer when he couldn’t shower she we had to bath him in the garden with jugs of water - I think he enjoyed that more than us!”
Sarah gained full-time employment through an apprenticeship scheme and is going into youth clubs and eventually schools to share her success story and inspire others.
Emma added: “Winning the award has made Sarah very proud and prove it is OK to be busy at home and be busy in other areas of your life and still contribute to something.”
Councillor Liz Plant, vice-chairman of the children and young people’s committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Sarah is an inspiration to many young people with her hard work and dedication to a variety of causes such as Mansfield Hospital’s Theatre Troupe, the District Youth Forum and the Sutton Young People’s Centre. Her apprenticeship has also been very rewarding and she can be proud to be named the Ashfield District winner of our 4Uth awards.”
The awards, which is run as joint project with Nottinghamshire County Council and the Nottingham Post, is now in its fifth year.