Celebration of Lancashire’s young people

Recognised: Ingol Youth Forum was highly commended at the Young Citizen Award evening
Recognised: Ingol Youth Forum was highly commended at the Young Citizen Award evening
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Scores of young people from across the Lancashire have been recognised at a special awards evening.

The High Sheriff’s Young Citizen Award night was held at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters in Hutton on Tuesday.

The prize was scooped by Natalie Markham from Blackpool who has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

The High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year Awards, sponsored by BAE Systems, take place every year and involve the High Sheriff Jeremy Gorick inviting applications to find a young person who has helped either their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.

Molly Clare, 18, from Preston was highly commended for the award. Molly is a volunteer, a member of Girl Guiding UK, helps out at a primary school and is a peer educator.

The Ingol Youth Forum was also highly commended for the award.

High Sheriff Jeremy Gorick said: “Young people can sometimes get a bad press because, often, the majority are let down by the actions of a few.

“I am delighted to be able to reverse that trend and celebrate and promote the young people’s achievements.

“The Young Citizen Awards are a fantastic way to highlight the valuable contribution that young people make to the communities in which they live.”

A handful of teenagers from central Lancashire were also commended.

Yakoob Seedat, 18, was recognised for running Taekwondo sessions and coaching and managing an under nines football team.

The teenager was nominated by Zul Hussain and is described as being a role model that has enabled other parents to allow their children to volunteer.

Matthew Petinaud, 17, from Leyland, who is head boy at Balshaw’s High School was nominated for being a role model to young people.

And 14-year-olds Lucy Aldred and Georgia Hampson were also recognised for calling the police and staying at the scene of a crime after a man drove into a building society and reversed and drove off.

BAE Systems were once again title sponsor for the awards.