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Time is running out to make a nomination for the Inspirational YoungStars Awards.

Held in partnership between the Cambridge Charity Fundraisers and the Cambridge Independent, the awards seek to recognise the work of seven to 16-year-olds in society during the past two years.

Harry Pearson has been nominated for the Inspiring YoungStars Awards. Picture: Harriet Austen (56575238)
Harry Pearson has been nominated for the Inspiring YoungStars Awards. Picture: Harriet Austen (56575238)

There are four categories – young carer, outstanding bravery, fundraiser and unsung hero – and 10-year-old Harry Pearson is one of those that have been nominated.

He completed an 11.2-mile walk for Cancer Research in memory of his great-grandad Tom.

Harry started at Cambourne and walked to Cambridge United, his favourite football team.

It took him four hours, and having set an original target of raising £500, he has now amassed £2,300.

The nomination reads: “Harry is the most caring young man with the biggest heart. I am extremely proud of his achievement and I am sure he will go on to do other fundraising events.”

Inspirational YoungStars Awards logo (55923257)
Inspirational YoungStars Awards logo (55923257)

Within the four categories, there is a wide scope in order to encourage as many nominations as possible.

For instance, do you know a young carer who is going above and beyond what is expected of most people their age? Maybe looking after parents or helping care for a brother or sister, doing extra jobs around the home such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and moving around, or providing physical help.

How about someone who has shown outstanding bravery by helping others or showing tremendous courage?

Do you know a fundraiser, like Harry, who has exceeded all expectations in raising money for a good cause? Or are you a charity which has benefited first-hand from the actions of a young fundraiser who is deserving of a nomination?

Perhaps you know an unsung hero, who has made a difference by volunteering their time to make a difference to other people’s lives, no matter how big or small.

There are four categories and the awards - which cover the past two years - are open for boys and girls aged between 7 and 16. The categories are:

  • Young Carer – Do you know someone who is a primary or secondary carer who is going above and beyond what is expected of most people their age? It could be looking after parents or helping care for a brother or sister, doing extra jobs around the home such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and moving around, or providing physical help.
  • Outstanding Bravery – Do you know someone who has shown an act of bravery to help others or save life? Do you know someone who has shown tremendous courage in a difficult situation?
  • Fundraiser – A person who has exceeded all expectations in raising money for a good cause, however large or small the amount. It could be from a marathon running, walking or cycling effort, to organising a cake sale. There are so many great initiatives and ideas that capture the imagination. Are you a charity who have benefited first-hand from the actions of a young fundraiser who is deserving of a nomination? Or did you assist a youngster in bringing an activity into action?
  • Unsung Hero – For someone that may volunteer their time and make a difference to other people’s lives and deserves recognition for doing so. This category is all-encompassing but seeks to recognise someone who may do the small things that end up making a big difference. It could be someone that offers to do the weekly shop or gardening for a neighbour? Or it could be someone that just calls in to help an elderly or vulnerable person? They may be relatively simple deeds, but they can have a huge impact on the beneficiaries and the community around them.
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An awards dinner will be held in the Signature Suite at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium on Friday, June 17. The presenter on the evening will be BBC Look East sports editor Jonathan Park.

Entries are due to close on May 18. If nominations are by someone other than a parent or guardian, then we will make contact with the nominee’s parent or guardian to seek permission to feature their story.

Event sponsors for the evening include Mick George, A R Aspinall & Sons Ltd, Camclad Contractors Ltd, CUFC Lottery.co.uk, COEL, Premier Travel, Mead Plant & Grab and Cambridgeshire FA.



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