It’s that time of year again, folks! The R1 Teen Awards are back! As well as celebrating some of our favourite artists, the awards also celebrate extraordinary teenagers who have done something truly inspirational. Let’s find out more about them, shall we?
Caitlin, Shannon, Jack G and Jack M are this years four inspirational teenagers to be honoured at the 2014 Teen Awards.
Fifteen year old Caitlin from Preston is a young carer who in the face of tragic circumstances has educated herself about disability, depression and suicide and now acts as a mentor in her school, helping other children who are experiencing grief or trauma in their lives.
Jack G, Maidstone
Fifteen year old Jack G from Maidstone is an anti-bullying ambassador who, having been bullied himself, opened a room called ‘The Sanctuary’ at his school, where pupils can come and share their worries. He mans the room on breaks and lunch times.
Shannon, Sutton (Surrey)
Seventeen year old Shannon from Sutton is an apprentice, working on an employability project for young people. She was made homeless after her father moved away. She now works with Bridges Project and has worked with the local authority commissioning team to improve the services offered to young people and is playing a key role in the research and evaluation of a London-wide youth employability project.
Jack M, Doncaster
Sixteen year old Jack M from Doncaster was revealed today as the winner of ‘The Stephen Sutton Teen Hero Award’ – a one off award in partnership with Stephen Sutton’s family, to recognise an individual who has led a sustained campaign to raise funds, often in difficult personal circumstances.
Jack was born with Moebius Syndrome, an extremely rare condition which means he has no facial nerves and has difficulties pronouncing some sounds. He has no cerebellum which means he has no balance, he is also blind in his left eye and wears bi-lateral hearing aids. However, despite his difficulties Jack has raised tens of thousands of pounds for a variety of charities by completing a number of events including the Great North and Great Manchester runs.
Well, how’s about that for some good noodles, eh? We’re so glad for these four and wish them the best of nights at the Teen Awards!