Essex Young People of the Year Awards - celebrating local youth
9th June 2011
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The Young People of the Year Awards in Essex are returning for their fourth year!


The awards recognise the young people in the county of Essex who act as fantastic young role models, making a real difference in their communities.


The awards were set up to celebrate the positive things that young people are doing and aims to give young people a fairer image and improve relationships between generations.


Local girl, Hannah Liddell has been nominated for this year's award after hosting a ball that raised a phenomenal £30,000 for Little Havens Children's Hospice in Thundersley.


Last year's award was won by twins Lauren and Emily Smoothey, who launched a road safety DVD after their friend was killed in a road collision.


Sponsored by Essex Police, Anglia Ruskin University, Runwood Homes and GlaxoSmithKline, the awards boast a top prize of £800 plus £400 and £200 prizes for second and third place winners. There will also be a Junior Young Person of the Year Award with a £200 prize.


All of the prizes will be split equally between the winner and a good cause of their choice that works with young people in the community.


Jim Barker-McCardle, Chief Constable of Essex Police said, "The Young People of the Year Awards gives Essex Police the opportunity to praise some of the fantastic young people who live in our community...


"More often then not the media portray young people in a negative way. An awards scheme like this shows that not all young people are like this and that there are many doing good deeds."

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