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2020 4Uth awards winners: inspirational young people who rose to the challenge of Covid-19

4th March 2021 Nottingham County Council Tags: 0 Comments

The winners of 2020’s Nottinghamshire Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Awards have been announced.

The 4Uth awards are a Nottinghamshire County Council initiative to celebrate the achievements of young people across the county. 2020 marked the tenth year of the awards and looked to recognise and celebrate young people across the county who took action in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic to help their friends, family and community, or made positive changes to their own lives.

In 2020, for the first time, groups were nominated as well as individuals, and there were seven winners rather than one overall winner. Nominations were sent in by friends, family, schools, youth groups and voluntary organisations.

The winners are Amy and Ella Meeks, from Arnold, Jake Fletcher, Maddie Fletcher, Kenan Chambers and Dionne Williams from Mansfield, Regan Cattell, from Hucknall, Serena and Phoenix Martin, from Beeston, David Curtis, from Bingham, James Kirkland, from Newark, and Kate Stacey, from Carlton in Lindrick.

Amy and Ella Meeks, the winners for Gedling, are the founders of ‘Kids against Plastic’, raising awareness about single-use plastic pollution and taking action to reduce its impact. They gathered a team of young people from all around the UK to tackle the problem, have spoken at many events, and have set up their own website, which provides free resources and initiatives to help schools reduce their use of plastics. Their school’s initiative, Plastic Clever Schools, has over 950 schools registered.

Jake Fletcher, Maddie Fletcher, Kenan Chambers and Dionne Williams, from Mansfield, decided to make a lasting tribute to commemorate their friend, who sadly took his own life during the pandemic. They also made the graffiti-style artwork, near to their youth centre, to remind other young people that they have a voice and that they are not alone.

Regan Cattell, from Hucknall, is the winner for Ashfield. After facing serious challenges in recent years, Regan has made big changes in his life, helping his family, getting a job and setting up socially distanced fishing for older people in Ashfield, to help them keep active and connected to their community.

Serena Martin 14, and Phoenix Martin, 12, from Beeston, are the winners for Broxtowe. Their father sadly passed away after a long period of illness, and the two young women stepped to support their family and look after their brothers and sisters during a very tough period for the family.

David Curtis, from Bingham, is the winner for Rushcliffe. David has been teaching a group of disabled swimmers between lockdown periods, following all Covid-19 guidance, and is training to be a swimming teacher.

James Kirkland is the winner for Newark and Sherwood. James has been volunteering at a food bank in Newark, delivering food parcels to people in need.

Kate Stacey, from Carlton in Lindrick, is the winner for Bassetlaw. Kate volunteered to help people most at risk from the coronavirus who were isolating or over 65, by delivering more than 2,000 prescriptions to them during lockdown.

The 2020 awards were delayed due to the pandemic, but were not cancelled, as the County Council felt it was more important than ever to acknowledge the achievements of young people in Nottinghamshire, in what was a very difficult year.

Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I’m very proud of all of our winners who have created innovative ways of carrying out services to others in their community which is a great credit to them and an inspiration to us all.

“There are many other young people across Nottinghamshire who have contributed enormously during the coronavirus pandemic.

“They have supported their friends and families, helped their communities, and made positive changes to their lives and the lives of those around them.

“They are remarkable young people who have made a real difference, showing what we can achieve when we work together to help others.

“I know that those closest to them are also very proud of them, for the way they have overcome considerable challenges and their selflessness in the face of Covid-19.

“Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees and thank you to everyone who sent in nominations.”

Although coronavirus measures meant that it was not possible to hold the usual awards evening last year, the council plans to invite all the 2020 4Uth awards winners to an event later this year, to recognise their achievements in person.

To find out more about the awards, the winners, or the nominees, please visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/4uth

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