We love a good awards show and although there’s The Oscars, The VMAs, The Grammys – they aren’t a patch on the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards.
Monday saw the glitzy glam annual awards show and we were lucky enough to be there to witness the celebs, the glamour and the best bit- four exceptional teenagers awards for doing good deeds.
The first award went to Jack G, 15, from Maidstone by Scott Mills and Chris Stark. Jack is an anti-bullying ambassador. Having experienced bullying himself, Jack,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.
The second award went to Caitlin, 15, from Preston by Rizzle Kicks and Aled Haydn Jones. Caitlin 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.
The third award went to Shannon, 17, from Surrey by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Greg James. Shannon is an apprentice who is currently working on an employability project for young people. After her father moving away, she was made homeless. 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.
The fourth and final Teen Award was a special award- ‘The Stephen Sutton Teen Hero Award’ is a partnership with Stephen Sutton’s family, to recognise an individual who has led a sustained campaign to raise funds, often in difficult personal circumstances. This award highlights their personal effort, commitment, and often significant bravery involved in fundraising for their chosen cause. This award was given to Jack, 16, from Doncaster by Nick Grimshaw and Stephen’s brother, Chris Sutton.
Jack was born with Moebius Syndrome which is an extremely rare condition. 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. 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.
We can’t help but get emotional with pride for this year’s Teen Heroes and think each one really did deserve their awards.