Time to celebrate the brilliant achievements of young people across Harborough and Leicestershire

This year's category finalists will be saluted at an online ceremony later this month due to the new Covid-19 clampdown

By Philip Hibble
Thursday, 5th November 2020, 10:48 am
Updated Thursday, 5th November 2020, 10:52 am
The category winners from The Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Young People 2019
The category winners from The Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Young People 2019

The brilliant achievements of young people across Harborough and Leicestershire will this year be celebrated virtually by the Lord-Lieutenant.

The Lord-Lieutenant's award scheme recognises the efforts and successes of 13-to-19 year-olds.

This year's category finalists will be saluted at an online ceremony later this month due to the new Covid-19 clampdown.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Michael Kapur OBE, said: “As a result of Covid-19 I had to postpone our special ‘red carpet’ awards evening and dinner originally planned for April.

"However, I am pleased to announce we will be holding a virtual event for our finalists on Tuesday November 17.

“Ahead of the event, I have been sharing some of our finalists’ achievements via my twitter account to demonstrate how the young people of Leicester and Leicestershire continue to astound me with their creativity, strength of spirit and selflessness.”

He added: “I hope that the positivity and enthusiasm that shines through in their personal stories brightens your day and inspires more young people to follow their passions and encourages our local communities to continue to nurture and support the incredible young people in their midst.

"When you see the high standards of our finalists, you can appreciate how it makes my job of deciding who should receive the overall Young Person of the Year award that much harder.

“And long may that remain the case.”

The category finalists for the 2020 awards are as follows:

YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR

David Knight, 18, is from Lutterworth.

Isaac Hurst is 13 and attends Wigston Academy.

Thomas Corden is 18 and from Melton Mowbray.

Zaahidah Ifarm, 15, from Leicester and attends City of Leicester College.

YOUNG BRAVEHEART OF THE YEAR

Gary Concepcion is 18 and lives in Leicester.

Isse Abdullahi is 14, lives in Leicester and attends Crown Hills Community College.

James Rimmer is 14 and lives in Groby.

Tyler Hodgkinson is 16 and lives in Coalville and attends King Edward VII High School in Coalville.

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR

Hanniya Kamran is 18 and comes from Leicester.

Kiera McCourt is 17 years old, from Kirby Muxloe and attends Groby Brookvale Academy.

Lauren Duguid is 18 and lives in Fleckney.

Madiha Ussen is 15 years old, from Leicester and attends Moat Community College.

YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Eleanor Wilkinson is 18 years old and lives in Syston.

Kristian Brocksopp, 17, lives in Ratcliffe on the Wreake and attends Ratcliffe College.

Molly Adams is 18 and lives in Wigston.

Molly Cooper is 17 years old, lives in Birstall and attends Loughborough College.

To find out more about the awards visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/llawardsThe award scheme is open to all 13-19-year-olds and the closing date for the 2020 award nominations was February 16.

A total of 57 nominations were received.

A panel of judges, which included young people and chaired by the Lord-Lieutenant, considered all nominations meeting the criteria for each award.

The judges shortlisted four young finalists in each category of the award.

The overall Lord-Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year also receives a special trophy.