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Full list of Derbyshire Young Achiever Award winners

Derbyshire Young Achievers 2007:

CHLOE AINSWORTH – Arkwright Town, Chesterfield

Despite being born with a hole in her stomach and now having to be fed through a tube, 11-year-old Chloe has continued to attend school and always has a huge smile on her face. She has a fantastic sense of humour, gets involved in every activity and helps out other pupils as a 'Playground Pal' and reading mentor. Calow Primary School headteacher Martin Thacker, teacher Julie Oldale, who taught Chloe before she moved to Hasland Hall Secondary School last term, and family friend Tracy Shepherd all nominated Chloe and say as well as coping with all her difficulties the star pupil, courageous and a delight to know.

JENNIFER ALSOP – Staveley

In September last year 11-year-old Jennifer's step-father died from cancer. He was only 28 years old and as well as Jennifer left her mum, another step-child and three younger children. Jennifer immediately stepped in to help her mum care for the family and for someone so young has had to play a very supportive roll. Staveley Junior School headteacher Heather Ellis, who's nominated Jennifer for this award, says, she's quickly developed a very mature attitude to life and is a lovely girl. She certainly deserves some praise.

HOLLY ANGLESEA – Clowne

Holly has severe cerebral palsy, can't use her arms or legs and communicates with a speech aid - but none of this stops the inspiring seven-year-old. Holly has had many operations to enable her to do more and gets around either on her special trike, in her electric wheelchair or on her new walking frame which she's just learnt to take some steps in. Holly's a pupil at a mainstream school, Clowne Junior, where she always achieves her goals and particularly loves swimming. Proud mum Emma, who's nominated Holly for this award, says she's a very happy little girl with a smile to remember.

THOMAS ANGRIS – Ashbourne

At the age of four Thomas contracted meningitis which made him seriously ill and left him totally deaf. Since then he's had a cochlea implant fitted which has helped him to do well in lessons at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School and make friends, despite the ordeal of having to re-learn how to hear. Now aged 11, Thomas's determination and delightful sense of humour are helping him to overcome his difficulties. He's been nominated by his proud grandad David Whyman.

HANNAH BAILEY – Derby

Hannah loves sport and is a badminton star. She won a silver medal in a recent Badminton England Under 11s doubles competition, has risen more than 100 places in the national rankings over the past year and has attended a training event for future England badminton stars at the English Institute of Sport. Despite being aged just nine, Hannah regularly plays for the Derbyshire Under 11s and 13s county teams and was voted 'most sporting player' by county coaches at an inter-county Under 13s tournament earlier this year. Hannah has been nominated by teaching assistant Eileen Asker who works with her at The Curzon Primary School in Quarndon.

JOSEPH BELL – Bamford

Joseph suffers from arthrogryposis multiplex congenita which affects his hands, feet and hips. The brave nine-year-old has to use a wheelchair most of the time but enjoys swimming and stands in a walking frame to strengthen his body even though it is very difficult for him. Despite having to undergo many operations for his condition Joseph, according to proud headteacher Neil Hobson who nominated him for this award, says he's a happy, caring and loving little boy and never lets his disability get him down. In fact, Joseph regularly manages to keep his classmates at Bamford Primary School enthralled with his amazing imagination at story time.

HANNAH BERESFORD – Hollinsclough, Buxton

Although only taking up climbing four years ago 15-year-old Hannah is already at the forefront of her sport. She has represented her region in numerous competitions taking fourth place in the British Indoor Climbing Competition this year. Proud teacher Emma Wharton, who nominated the Buxton Community School student for this award, says Hannah eventually hopes to join the forces where she can continue her passion for outdoor activities.

JAMES BETTS – Long Eaton

James has muscular dystrophy which over the last 18 months has left him relying on a wheelchair full-time. Despite his difficulties 11-year-old James never complains and Monica White, his head of year at Wilsthorpe Business and Enterprise College, has nominated him to celebrate his determination to enjoy life to the full. James is a big Derby County fan who loves PE – in fact breaks and lunchtimes will always find him on the field playing football with his friends. He's independent, has lots of friends, is always happy and joins in with everything.

EDWARD and WILLIAM BRIGHT – Ripley

Seven-year-old identical twins Edward and William are incredibly close to each other. In February this year Edward developed meningococcal septicaemia which resulted in him being seriously ill for a long time and having the lower parts of his arms and legs amputated. Edward has shown immense bravery during this time and is now back at St John's Primary School part-time, but William too has also been extremely strong and brave. He was totally lost during the months Edward was in hospital and still suffers the emotionally strain, but has never missed a day of school and just gets on with it. Proud headteacher Sue Hannath and teacher Sue Hayes feel both boys certainly deserve this award for their wonderful smiles and for being so resilient.

SEAN BRISTER – Egginton

Despite having congenital heart disease Sean spends most of his time helping out in his community. If there's a job to be done the willing 18-year-old is there. This could be setting up the village hall for a function, selling tickets, posting leaflets or carrying something heavy - Sean's always there and nothing is too much trouble! He also helps out the local farmer through the night at lambing time, accompanies his aunt and uncle on holiday as his uncle has Alzheimer's Disease and helps his recently widowed grandmother around the house. As well as this busy schedule, nominators Sue and John Cowdery, who live in the village and know Sean from his community work, reckon the village's recently revived Willow Festival would not have got off the ground without his help either. They say Sean, a pupil at John Port School, never complains about his health in any way and is an asset to the village.

LUKE BURTON – Marsh Lane, Sheffield

Five-year-old Luke was born prematurely and spent the first year of his life in hospital. He has chronic lung disease, a tracheotomy and is now, due to his medication, profoundly deaf. Two years ago he was also diagnosed with liver cancer for which he underwent surgery and chemotherapy and eventually a liver transplant. In May this year, Luke, a pupil at New Whittington Community Primary School, had to undergo another transplant after his first failed and another course of chemotherapy. Despite all this, children's community nurse Alison Leech who nominated Luke, says he remains happy, active and enthusiastic, has a zest for life and always has a smile on his face.

GEMMA BUXTON – Belper

Gemma started the sport of archery at the age of 10 with Derbyshire Archery Club. Since then the 17-year-old has represented her club, county and region at many tournaments and has also shot for England at three events, two Euro Nations tournaments and a Home Nations Championship. At the Junior National Championships Gemma become the National Champion for her age group. She's also the current Derbyshire Indoor Champion Junior Lady, the East Midlands Champion Junior Lady, recently scooped the title of Derbyshire Outdoor Senior Lady Champion and even finds time to help youngsters develop their skills within the sport. According to proud parents Michael and Louise who nominated Gemma, she's achieved sporting success in archery while also studying hard at Belper School, showing exemplary determination and motivation throughout.

MEGAN CARVER – Brockwell, Chesterfield

Since 2003 10-year-old Megan, who has severe learning difficulties, has been at the heart of the 'Pool for Megan and her Friends' appeal raising more than one million pounds to build a specialist exercise and therapy pool at Ashgate Croft Special School. Megan has attended countless fundraising events, which has often been quite a challenge as her disability makes her wary of new experiences and situations. However, not only has she coped remarkably well, she's also learned from the experience and has inspired many others to want to help. The pool everyone dreamed of now sits proudly at the school where Megan is a pupil today. She has helped to create this wonderful facility which will benefit pupils and the wider community and according to proud mum Jane who nominated her, Megan is her 'little star'. She's already achieved more in her short life than anyone ever thought possible and thoroughly deserves recognition as a Young Achiever.

ASHLEY CLEGG – Barlborough, Chesterfield

Talented teenager Ashley has been playing percussion for seven years. He currently plays with The North East Derbyshire Senior Wind Band, Derby City and County Wind Band, Newstead Brass Band, Yorkshire Youth Brass Band and the National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain. Ashley has played with Newstead Brass Band at the Grand Shield Contest in Blackpool and the English Masters Contest in Preston - at just 14 being one of the youngest players to do so and was invited to attend the National Children's Brass Band as a mentor. The Heritage Mathematics and Computing Specialist School pupil also had the opportunity to perform the World Premier of a composition by Paul Lovett-Cooper who composed a drum solo especially for Ashley. Proud mum Amanda has nominated Ashley for his award to mark his achievements.

JOANNE COLES – Middleton-by-Wirksworth

Joanne has been nominated for her dedication and success in motorcycle trials riding practising five times a week come rain, hail or snow. The 15-year-old has a trophy cabinet full of awards from the 2006 Ladies B Class Champion, East Midlands Youth B Class Champion, Pidcock Derby Motorcycle Club Champion and holder of the George Padley Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding rider in the East Midlands Centre. Joanne opted to ride out of class in 2007 to gain more experience for the European rounds in 2008 and even a broken arm in Italy did not dampen her enthusiasm for riding! In a sport usually dominated by men, Joanne is a true ambassador for the sport. Joanne was nominated for her award by Middleton Parish Council.

ANYA COLLEY – Long Eaton

Sporty Anya started jet skiing when she was just five years old. The Wilsthorpe Business and Enterprise College pupil started competing in 2005 and was the first girl ever to represent Great Britain in the juniors. Anya, known in the business as the 'Pink Lady', began the 2006 season winning the British Junior Winter Championship and also started the 2007 well winning the UIM European Ladies Championship. At 15 she's now reached the pinnacle of her career so far, becoming Junior World Champion – the first girl ever to win this title – and Drag Racing World Champion while competing in the USA. Anya's year manager Hilary Harrison nominated her for this award saying that as well as her sporting achievements the hard-working teenager achieves very well at school.

HARRY COOPE – Blackwell

Harry has had a lot to cope with during his young life. The seven-year-old was born with a hole in his heart and no oesophagus. He underwent emergency surgery but this was unsuccessful and Harry had to be fed through a tube until he was two. At eight months old he had surgery to repair the hole in his heart and then contracted MRSA but continued to solider on. Harry still has a long way to go but is described as a loving, happy and pleasant little boy. He has been nominated by his proud auntie Sue Hamilton who said that he lights up the room with his infectious personality and smile, he never moans or asks for anything for himself. Harry has more operations to come but with his characteristic bravery will cope with everything life throws at him.

ADAM DENTON - Worksop

Adam is one of three golfers from Heritage Mathematics and Computing Specialist School who have been nominated by headteacher Don Spencer for their sporting achievements. Even though he got off to a difficult start this year recovering from a broken ankle 15-year-old Adam reached the finals of the British Heart Foundation National Golf Competition at the famous Belfry course for the second year. His other achievements this year include rounds of 76 and 78 in the Yorkshire Under 16s tournament in Leeds, competing in the Lee Westwood Trophy at Worksop, representing the Sheffield Gold Union and qualifying for the Haribo Young Golfer of the year competition. Adam now has an impressive five handicap.

SOPHIE GODLEY – Worksop

At just 14 Sophie, another Heritage Mathematics and Computing Specialist School golfer, has already been playing for seven years. She's coached by England coach Graham Walker, has been a finalist in the Schools' National Golf Competition, achieved the Bolsover Young Sports Award and raised almost 2,000 for the British Heart Foundation. Sophie's also one of just 30 girls in the England Select Squad being groomed to represent their country in the sport. Also this year Sophie's reduced her handicap to 5.5, gained second place in the North of England Liverpool Cup and come seventh in the Under 15 Girls' English National Championship. Sophie, also nominated by headteacher Don Spencer, has recently been awarded a sports scholarship at Worksop college.

ROBERT STANSBURY – Worksop

Although Robert doesn't play golf regularly he's represented Heritage Mathematics and Computing Specialist School in the sport over the last two years to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. The talented 15-year-old has reached the National Schools' Golf Competition with fellow students Adam and Sophie over the last two years, last year qualifying as the biggest fundraising team and this year on golfing merit. This year Robert ended the competition in equal first place with a handicapped score of 7 under par, one of the achievements headteacher Don Spencer has nominated him for.

TYLER DIXON – Staveley

Tyler suffers from cystic fibrosis but is always cheerful, never complains and works very hard at school. The eight-year-old Staveley Junior School pupil has to take medication and have physiotherapy on a daily basis but this doesn't stop him from leading an active school life. Proud headteacher Heather Ellis has nominated Tyler for his award for his positive attitude to life.

JOE and SAM ELLIOTT - Hathersage

Talented brothers Joe and Sam have been nominated for their success in martial arts. Joe, who's 15, completed his brown belt in JuJitsu last year and won gold in the National Atemi in 2006. He also won gold for the last two years at the National in Judo and took part in the Internationals representing Great Britain in Amsterdam last year before he had to pull out injured. Joe also received second place in the Random Judo National in 2006 and 2007. Twelve-year-old brother Sam also took part in the Judo Nationals in 2006 and this year achieving gold and a silver awards. He joined his brother in the Atemi National last year, gaining a silver award and was awarded fourth place in the Internationals in Amsterdam. The brothers have been nominated by Sarah Chamberlain, their head of house at Hope Valley College.

JOE and LIAM FIRTH – Matlock

Talented brothers Joe and Liam received three nominations for this award for their achievements in kick-boxing. The boys, who train with the Jesters Club in Tansley, have competed for their country at the European Championships and next year will represent Great Britain in the World Championships in Poland. Joe, 12, a pupil at Highfields School, and Liam, 10, who goes to All Saints School, even found themselves competing against each other in the finals of the British Championships in 2006 and 2007! Nominated by their mum Eli Carson, family friend Kay Patilla and Liam's teacher Isabel Webb, the boys are described as modest, dedicated to their sport and hard-working, keeping up with their school work despite travelling all over the country to compete.

CHARLOTTE FLETCHER – Brimington

Although Charlotte's only 15 she was one of the main carers for her mum who lost her battle with cancer this year. The Springwell Community School pupil regularly attended school and continued with her GCSE studies as well as being a 'rock' for her older brother who struggled with his mother's illness and subsequent loss. Charlotte also plays an active role in school sport and captains the netball team. According to her PE teacher Nasreen Fazil, who nominated the teenager for her award, Charlotte's commitment is faultless. Charlotte now runs the family home with her brother Jack - a massive task but it does not phase her one bit.

OLIVIA FORD – Dronfield Woodhouse

Olivia's exceptional bravery and positive attitude to life have earned her this award. The 10-year-old Dronfield Junior School pupil has cystic fibrosis and has also developed diabetes as a result of her illness which means she has to have two injections and take 45 tablets every day. Olivia also has liver disease and has physiotherapy treatment twice a day. Despite this, she lives life to the full, says headteacher John Anderson who has nominated her. Olivia sings in the choir, dances and has been a star performer in many school musicals. She's also taken part in school trips – abseiling, climbing, riding quad bikes and raft building. "Olivia has astounded her teachers, parents and doctors with what she is capable of," says Mr Anderson.

ALEX FREEMAN – Pinxton

Alex has shown courage beyond his years after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkinson's lymphoma in July. A pupil at Kirkstead Junior School, the 10-year-old has been in Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre for the past few months while undergoing chemotheraphy – only being allowed home for a few days at a time. Despite the pain he has suffered, Alex keeps smiling and has shown strength and courage, says Bolsover district and Pinxton parish Councillor Mary Dooley, who has nominated him for this award. Councillor Dooley adds: "Pinxton village has come together to raise money for Alex and in our opinion he's already a young achiever."

DOMINIC GENT and GEORGE MARRIOTT – Ilkeston

George and Dominic are the best of friends and have been for most of their young lives. George is a kind young boy and made friends with Dominic, who has Down's Syndrome, at infant school. George is very protective of his classmate and is one of the very few people who is able to communicate with him. Even though he's only nine George even taught himself sign language so this would be easier. Dominic trusts George and relies on him during everyday life at Hallam Fields Junior School where the special bond between them is clear. George's mum Vicki has nominated her son to show how proud she is of the way he's a true friend to Dominic and sees him as a normal little boy, not one with a disability. She's also nominated eight-year-old Dominic for the pleasure his friendship gives to George and for the way he enjoys life to the full. Dominic's mum Val really appreciates George's support for her son and says: "He's always talking about George!"

CHLOE EYRE – Staveley

Ten-year-old Chloe is an extra-special case this year – one of our first ever Young Achievers to receive their second award. Chloe received her first award in 2005 for her bravery in coping with cystic fibrosis which she's had since birth, her positive attitude and her love of life. This summer as a result of her illness, Chloe underwent a lung transplant operation at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital. She's shown great bravery and is now at home recovering. It will be several months before she's able to return to school and proud Staveley Junior School headteacher Heather Ellis feels Chloe truly deserves her second Young Achievers award for the way she copes.

JOSHUA GINNS – Borrowash

Joshua is another of our extra-special cases this year, receiving his second Young Achievers award for showing great bravery in his ongoing battle with cancer. Nine-year-old Joshua was first named as a Young Achiever in 2005 after undergoing brain surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He's since had to undergo more operations and various treatments to fight his illness – including further brain surgery this autumn. Joshua is now confined to a wheelchair but throughout it all he's faced each hurdle with his usual cheerful sense of humour and lovely smile. At times it's been very hard for Joshua, particularly as he's no longer able to play football which he loved. Redhill Primary School secretary Sue Buchanan has nominated Joshua to mark his courage and the way be inspires everyone he meets.

BETHANY GOW – Holymoorside

A star – that's how Bethany is described by her mum Charlotte Spencer who's nominated her for this award. Seven-year-old Bethany was born with her bladder outside her body and had to have an emergency operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Bethany still has to go for regular check-ups every six months and has just found out she's due to undergo a major seven-hour operation at Great Ormond Street next summer to make it easier for her to look after herself and improve her independence. Charlotte says that despite a tough year Bethany, who's a pupil at Wigley Primary School, is a happy, resilient little girl who has come through it all smiling. "She's a star to me," she said.

RYAN GUEST – Long Eaton

An inspiration – that's how our next young achiever Ryan Guest is described. Ryan, who's 12, lives with a condition called multiple exostoses which affects the growth of his bones and prevents his joints from working properly. It means he can't walk very far and can't always take part in sport at school. Despite often being in pain Ryan copes admirably and is an enthusiastic, outgoing pupil at Wilsthorpe Business and Enterprise College. His year manager Julie Nall, who has nominated him for this award, says Ryan is very independent and approaches everything with great enthusiasm. "He always has a smile" she says.

PAYGE HACKING – Buxton

Sixteen-year-old Payge strives to live a normal life despite being profoundly deaf. Although she wears a hearing aid she can hear very little but this has never affected her drive to succeed or her ability to learn. Through hard work and determination, Payge gained excellent A and B grades in her GCSEs at Buxton Community School. Proud teacher Emma Wharton, who nominated her, says Payge is an inspiration to others as she does her best not to let her disability affect her life.

CATHERINE HALL – Swadlincote

When her mum was badly injured in a car accident, 14-year-old Catherine helped to look after her five younger brothers. She was a tower of strength to her mum, helping her to learn to walk again while all the time keeping up with her school work and managing to achieve good results at the end of Key Stage 3. Catherine's head of year Julie Shiels, from The Pingle School, nominated her for this award and says she deserves to be congratulated. Julie adds: "Her mum can now walk again and this award recognising Catherine's help and support is the icing on the cake."

HOPE and DARCIE HEELEY – Newbold Moor, Chesterfield

Dedicated sisters Darcie and Hope have been nominated for their awards by proud mum Joanna who says they are an inspiration to everyone they meet. Hope lives with cerebral palsy which affects her balance and her ability to walk. Despite this difficulty the brave six-year-old is a happy, intelligent and articulate girl who achieves so much including rock climbing, canoeing and horse riding. The Gilbert Heathcote Nursery and Infant School pupil even rides almost a mile to school to do her bit to reduce her carbon footprint! Hope believes in herself and has so much determination. Her motto is: "If I try I can do it.'' Older sister Darcie helps out by being considerate, caring and patient, sacrificing a lot for her sister. Darcie always makes sure her sister is safe, protects her at school and always waits for her ''catch up''. The Cavendish Junior School pupil is also compassionate and likes to teach her friends about caring for people and the environment. These sisters are stars.

GEORGE HENSHAW – Heage

As a result of a birth injury George has a paralysed right arm. The six-year-old Heage Primary School pupil has always been encouraged to swim as it's an excellent form of physiotherapy and joined Belper Marlin Swimming Club's Disability Group in January where he quickly learnt to swim two lengths. On his second visit his parents found out it was the National Long Distance Swimming Club's annual swim in which swimmers have to complete as many lengths as they can in an hour. Having only ever done two lengths expectations of George were not too high – but he completed 29 lengths within the hour! Mum Sarah has nominated George for this award as she's immensely proud of his determination and achievement.

LEWIS HOLLAND – Pinxton

Ten-year-old Lewis started kick boxing two years ago. The dedicated Kirkstead Junior School pupil practices three times a week and his commitment speaks for itself. This year all Lewis's hard work paid off as he became British Champion for his weight. In fact he's never lost a fight! As well as working hard towards his own personal goals, caring Lewis also recently took part in a 10-hour sponsored sparring session helping to raise an amazing 5,500 for two local children who have cancer. Lewis's achievements have received recognition from MP Dennis Skinner and he's been nominated for his Young Achiever award by Bolsover District and Pinxton Parish Councillor Mary Dooley.

MARK JOHNSON – Duckmanton, Chesterfield

Mark is a bright and cheerful character which helps him to deal with the barriers cerebral palsy presents in his everyday life. Since starting Duckmanton Primary School in 2002 the determined eight-year-old has worked hard and achieved his goals of learning to stand, walk, jump and climb. Mark always has a positive attitude and is determined to achieve and this has allowed him to excel in science and art. Although he has difficulties joining in physical activities, Mark's good sense of humour and social skills ensure he's never left without a play mate. Mark's teacher Dionne Taylor and all her colleagues feel he deserves this award for facing life's challenges head on!

WILL KERR – Chinley

Despite having open heart surgery just two years ago 15-year-old Will has continued to show his commitment to achieve. His attendance at Hope Valley College has been outstanding and his performance across the curriculum wonderful. He's also managed to achieve his silver Duke of Edinburgh Award with support from loyal classmates who helped him with the required tasks. Will is a popular pupil who's currently part of the House Captain's Team where he delivers assemblies, mentors other students and shows parents around the school. According to proud college head of house Nicola Wilson who nominated Will, he's an inspiration.

SHEILA LEE – Shirebrook

Sheila is a constant source of support to her dad who was left disabled following a coma just over a year ago. Although she no longer lives with her dad, 12-year-old Sheila visits him every day for two hours after school to help with his shopping and jobs around the house. Despite being kept very busy with her family duties, Sheila attends classes at Shirebrook School every day where she's doing well. Sheila's so proud of her dad and her mum Andrea, who nominated Sheila for her Young Achievers award, is so proud of her dedication and achievements.

LAUREN LOGAN – Long Eaton

Lauren is described as a remarkable child by her proud mum Ann who has nominated her for this award. The brave 12-year-old has had a lot to put up with in her life including difficulties at home and family bereavement which means sharing her home with her two cousins. Shortly after this upheaval Lauren's grandmother died, but despite all her problems Lauren, a pupil at The Long Eaton School, remains positive, upbeat and a great source of support for her family. Life has not been easy for Lauren but she's described as a brilliant daughter.

ADAM MARSHALL – Wessington

Nine-year-old Adam has severe eczema, asthma and numerous allergies. His treatment is often painful and is always time-consuming. Adam has to have regular blood tests as he's on strong medication but never complains about his health despite lengthy stays in hospital. Adam is a wonderful little boy, small for his age but happy, he enjoys his sports and is very helpful both at home and in lessons at Wessington Primary School. Adam has been nominated for his Young Achievers award in recognition of his bravery by children's community nurse June Sambrook who visits his school.

MARIA MARTIN – Mastin Moor, Chesterfield

Despite being in and out of hospital since she became ill with kidney problems six years ago, 17-year-old Maria never lets life get her down. Her condition has now led to her using a wheelchair and she also has epilepsy. Despite her difficulties Maria moved to Netherthorpe School last year and showed great determination in order to complete her GCSE courses, achieving five good passes which enabled her to join the school's sixth form. This was despite missing a lot of schooling to undergo operations to help with her condition. According to proud teacher Jennie Grice, who nominated Maria for her award, she also did everything she could to be involved in school life, including supervising younger students at lunchtime and attending the Leavers' Prom.

JASON MAXEY – Chesterfield

Jason has worked hard with classmate Matthew Taylor to create a sensory garden for Deincourt Community School, where they are both pupils, and the wider community. The committed 15-year-old researched and designed the gardens, making sure that they were fully accessible to people with disabilities. He was fully involved in every step of the project from negotiating prices for material with local suppliers to organising a student workforce. Jason has been nominated by his teacher Jacqueline Hayes for showing maturity and a strong sense of purpose. He's been resilient and maintained his enthusiasm for the project for more than 14 months.

MATTHEW TAYLOR – Chesterfield

Sixteen-year-old Matthew worked in partnership with Jason to create the sensory garden for their school and their community. Matthew helped to research and designed the gardens making sure they were fully accessible to people with disabilities. He was also fully involved in every step of the project from negotiating prices for material with local suppliers to organising a student workforce.

Matthew has also been nominated by teacher Jacqueline Hayes for his determination that the project would succeed. She says he shows the diplomacy and understanding of a person way beyond his years and his skill in construction and landscaping is very special.

CATHERINE McNICOL – Long Eaton

Promising rhythmic gymnast Catherine McNicol has been nominated for this award by Monica White, her year manager at Wilsthorpe Business and Enterprise College. Eleven-year-old Catherine has been in the British squad for two years running and is currently East Midland Under-11 champion. In the last year she has won a bronze medal in rope and a silver in ball at the British Open Championships and was part of the team that took gold for ribbon in the British Group Championship. She was also Scottish Under-11 champion, winning gold in both rope and ball, and was North West Under-12 champion. Catherine trains regularly at Erewash Valley Gymnastics Club and later this year will travel to Bulgaria to train with the national squad there.

AMY MILLER – Buxton

Amy is described as an inspiration to those around her by her auntie Tracy Boam who has nominated her. The plucky youngster attends Chapel High School and has been nominated due to her determination and 'can do' attitude. Amy had infantile spasms as a baby and although now aged 11 she's been left with learning difficulties and problems with her fine motor skills. But according to proud auntie Tracy she never lets her problems get in her way and she always tries her best in everything she does.

MEGAN MOSEDALE – Ashbourne

Nine-year-old Megan is dyspraxic which means simple tasks are difficult for her to master. She also has nystagmus, an eye condition that makes text appear to wobble on the page, diabetes and wheat intolerance. Throughout all this, Longford Primary School pupil Megan strives to do her best and has developed excellent listening skills to combat the problems she has with visual learning. She volunteers to take part in most activities that the other children do, sings in the school choir and is learning to play the recorder. Megan has been nominated by her headteacher Margaret Matthews for being so positive and taking everything life has to throw at her in her stride.

CALLUM MURPHY – Long Eaton

Callum has had epilepsy since he was a baby. He's also undergone a lot of operations to correct his hearing at a young age. Now aged seven, Callum has no speech and also has autism. But despite his problems he always has the biggest smile for everyone. Callum attends Holbrook Centre for Autism and was nominated by his proud mum Linda.

JAMES MURPHY – Swadlincote

James has been selected to play basketball for the England under 15s – and at 6ft 10ins and still growing he's the perfect new recruit! James won through six months of training and qualifying play-offs to join just over 20 players picked to play in the national squad for the next two years. Because of his height James suffered years of bullying but has worked hard to prove that he can overcome all odds. The 14-year-old William Allitt School pupil has been brought up by his mum Maria who struggles to support him financially as clothes for his height – and shoes for his size 18 feet – are expensive and hard to find. James lives for basketball and family friend Michelle Watson, who's nominated him, says she's sure he'll be at the top of the game one day.

MOLLY NEWBOLD – Breaston

Sixteen-year-old Molly is dedicated to her chosen sport – snooker – and is one of only three female referees in the country. It took her just 18 months to train and she is now up to a Class 3. She refereed the Junior Pot Black Championship at the famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and a competition held in memory of three times Masters senior champion Paul Hunter who died last October following a battle with cancer. Molly has also refereed a match in which another famous former champion, Jimmy 'Whirlwind' White played – and recently got the chance to referee a frame with current world number two 'The Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan! Molly, who hopes to be taken on the professional circuit next year, has been nominated by Wilsthorpe Business and Enterprise College year manager Hilary Harrison.

WILLIAM NEWTON – Dronfield

William has undergone two liver transplants and during his short life has had to deal with a series of complex medical conditions. The brave five-year-old regularly attends St James's Hospital in Leeds as he is prone to infections, but his mum Tracy manages his day to day treatment. After a smooth transition from nursery to Dronfield Infant School William works hard to achieve his very best in all aspects of school life. He's often tired but never complains or uses his condition as an excuse – in fact he even competed in the British Transplant Games in Edinburgh this August and is planning to take part again next year as part of the hospital's "Leeds Little Livers" team! William's headteacher Kay Lovegrove has nominated him for being a delightful member of the school community, for his strength and for the way he conducts himself.

LAURA O'BOYLE – Whaley Bridge

Despite the difficulties she faces Laura never gets down in the dumps - even when she has to miss out on lessons with her friends to receive specialist teaching. Teacher Suzanne Hardy, who nominated nine-year-old Laura for the award, says she's a delightful girl with a mischievous sense of humour who always gives 100 per cent and shows remarkable courage and bravery in the way she deals with cerebral palsy. Quite simply Laura enriches life at Taxal and Fernilee Primary and is a valiable member of the school community.

TOMMY PHEASANT – Kirk Hallam

Ten-year-old Tommy was diagnosed with T cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma in January. The Ladywood Primary School pupil has had to undergo chemotherapy and a lot of other treatment during the past year and has been nominated by his mum Fiona for his strength and bravery. She says that despite suffering hours of chemotherapy, complete hair loss and long stays in hospital, Tommy is very accepting of his condition, positive about the future and a constant inspiration and support, saying: "I'll be OK mum." She says he's shown tremendous courage, strength and staying power during this trying time. Tommy has also been nominated by his deputy headteacher Chris Howarth who's so proud of his pupil's bravery and determination.

DANIEL PHEASANT – Kirk Hallam

Deputy head Chris has also nominated Tommy's eight-year-old brother Daniel who's been extremely mature and accepting of the changes in his life since Tommy's illness was diagnosed. He believes the tremendous courage and determination he's shown during this difficult time and the support he's given his older brother has been a key reason why Tommy has managed to come through his treatment smiling and confident that he will be OK. Daniel has also been nominated by his proud mum Fiona who says he's been extremely brave and accepting of the changes to his life.

CHARLIE HUTCHINSON-SMITH – Kirk Hallam

As well as receiving support from Daniel, Tommy also receives a huge boost from his best friend Charlie. Ten-year-old Charlie has remained positive for his best friend, offering support and courage that has helped Tommy remain confident throughout his treatment. He walked Tommy's younger brother Daniel to school every morning for seven months and talked to Tommy about the school day, bringing a wonderful sense of normality. Tommy's mum Fiona has nominated Charlie for showing true friendship, courage and bravery. Ladywood Primary School pupil Charlie has also been nominated by his deputy headteacher Chris Howarth who says he's taken on his responsibilities with exceptional maturity and is reliable and positive far in advance of his years.

THOMAS PLATTS – Hasland, Chesterfield

Thomas was diagnosed will leukaemia in March 2004 just before his fifth birthday. He was terrified of all the tests and drugs he needed and ended up needing a wheelchair and a walking frame to help him get around. Eight-year-old Thomas has now completed more than three years of treatment and has overcome many problems with a maturity well above his years. The Hasland Junior School pupil has missed around two years of lessons but tries really hard and is doing well. He still has problems walking any distance but bike-mad Thomas loves cycling everywhere! He's determined to be a normal little boy rather than a cancer patient and proud mum Kay, who's nominated Thomas for his award, says with his positive attitude he'll grab every chance he can and continue to fight with dignity and bravery.

BETHANY ROBSON – Bolsover

In June Bethany's sister Laurisa fell into a bath of hot water. Quick-thinking Bethany immediately put her St John Ambulance cadet training to good use, removed the plug and used a shower to hose her sister down with cold water. Despite the drama she remained calm and offered reassurance. Laurisa, who's now 14, was transferred from Chesterfield Royal Hospital to the specialist burns unit at Sheffield Children's Hospital where Matron Helen Bailey praised Bethany's strength of character and courage. She added that as a result of Bethany's quick-thinking Laurisa has not been left with serious scarring. Bethany, who's 17 and attends Netherthorpe School, is a leading cadet with Bolsover St John Ambulance. She's been nominated by Assistant Principal Youth Officer Jean Slater who was very impressed with her actions.

RYAN RODGERS – Clowne

Over the past three years 15-year-old Ryan has represented England at gymnastics and trampolining. The Heritage Mathematics and Computing Specialist School progressed to the highest standards in both sports but decided to focus on trampolining. He progressed from Grade 6 to National Grade 1 within one year and last season was also the highest placed British Youth competitor competing for England in Portugal. Unfortunately Ryan has only been able to compete in one major event this year due to a serious injury, but he returned to compete in Prague against 15 other nations and finished ninth, again being the highest placed British competitor in his age group. Ryan has been nominated by his proud headteacher Don Spencer who believes the modest student will undoubtedly go onto greater things.

JULIA ROE – Sawley

Julia, from Brackenfield School, has myotonic dystrophy. This condition affects her muscles and mobility but her nominator and headteacher Phil Ormerod says that despite her condition she always gives her best and refuses to let physical tasks beat her. Julia, who's 15, has been an inspiration to others at the school.

ZACK ROOME – Darley Dale

Brave Zack has had to put up with more than most seven year olds. He was born with gastroschisis – an abdominal wall defect – which resulted in him having to undergo extensive bowel surgery and a liver transplant and not coming home from hospital until he was 18 months old. Zack is unable to absorb food, has a permanent nasal tube and is attached to a feeding machine every night. He takes a lot of medication resulting in side-effects and is at high risk of infection which he is unable to fight off. Zack is frequently admitted to Sheffield and Birmingham Children's Hospitals as he falls ill very suddenly and unexpectedly and has to have regular painful blood tests. He's also unable to go on holidays in case he falls ill while away. Zack, as described by his nominator June Sambrook, a community nurse at Chesterfield's Child Development Centre, "is a happy, thoughtful boy whose bravery deserves to be acknowledged.

WILLIAM RUNSWICK-COLE – Chapel-en-le-Frith

Eleven-year-old William has shown great determination and bravery in his desire to achieve academic success in his studies at Hope Valley College. William recently chose to write and recite his own poem to other students and visiting parents. This would be quite a feat for any youngster, but an amazing achievement for William who found the activity extremely challenging. The audience thoroughly enjoyed it and burst into spontaneous applause. William's proud head of house Nicola Wilson has nominated him for his commitment, tenacity and determination.

LISA-MARIE RUTHERFORD – Chapel-en-le-Frith

For the last eight years Lisa-Marie has put her mum Pam before herself getting up early to help her shower and dress before school and helping her to prepare meals when she gets home. Pam had an accident in February 2000 which resulted in a spinal injury leaving her unable to bend or do things for herself. For four years of this time Pam was a single parent but Lisa-Marie never complained about helping out or missing out on activities. The dedicated 15-year-old takes a great interest in student mentoring at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School and strongly supports the anti-bullying campaign. She's also recently been made a school prefect and house captain and plans to go into further education to study public services in readiness to apply to join the ambulance service. Pam has nominated Lisa-Marie to recognise her caring attitude and devotion to others.

DECLAN RYAN – Whaley Bridge

Declan is an outstanding ice hockey player who has been part of the England team for three years. The 14-year-old Chapel-en-le-Frith High School pupil regularly travels to Nottingham to train and play with his club where he's gained success in regional and national competitions as well as travelling to Europe for club tournaments. While representing England jet-setter Declan has competed in Canada, Sweden, Germany and the Czech Republic. According to head of PE Elizabeth Milne, who nominated Declan for his award, he's a committed sportsman with ambitions to play at the highest level.

OWEN SAUNDERS – Long Eaton

Despite having cerebral palsy and epilepsy Owen works tirelessly in all his subjects and tries his best in everything. The determined 14-year-old has a very good attendance record as he doesn't want to miss out on anything at school and never lets his condition get him down. He also takes part in a wide range of activities including choir, keyboard and residential activities, is very popular with his peers and is always cheerful and smiling. One of Owen's most impressive achievements however, according to nominator and headteacher Bernard Monaghan, has been to make the greatest progress of all students at St John Houghton Catholic School from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 in English, maths and science, a total of eleven levels of improvement – double what was expected of him.

JOSH SANDERS – Long Eaton

At the age of thirteen Josh had a stroke. This affected the entire right side of his body and meant he had to spend almost two months in hospital before eventually starting to go home just for weekends. Although Josh has had a few setbacks he is a very determined young man and eventually returned to lessons at Wilsthorpe Business and Enterprise College on a part-time basis. Ten months after the stroke Josh was back in school full time and walking unaided. Now aged 15 Josh has made excellent progress and is a credit to himself, his parents and his college. Josh has been nominated by his year manager Hilary Harrison who is overwhelmed by his determination.

JACK SCOLLICK – Chesterfield

Six-year-old Jack was born with Down's Syndrome, a hole in the heart and within his first 24 hours had received a full blood transfusion. When he was a few months old tests showed that he was also deaf. From a very early age Jack had physiotherapy and hydro pool treatment and before long was achieving all the goals set for him. He learnt to walk and his mum and dad taught him Makaton sign language. Jack started Brampton Primary School two years ago when the family moved to Chesterfield and with the help and support of the staff he's gone from strength to strength. He now says words and communicates very well, he can use the computer and takes part in all the school activities. Mum Rosemary, who nominated Jack for his award, says he has a lovely personality, has overcome so much and gives so much pleasure to everyone.

AMBER SISSON – Langley Mill

Amber and her family are coping with her relatively recent diagnosis of a rare genetic disorder which has left her with mobility problems and without speech. Amber has been extremely brave, undergoing pioneering surgery and attending hospital in London every six weeks. She copes with this incredibly well and always has a huge smile on her face. Amber has a great circle of friends and communicates with an electronic 'Tellus' machine. The determined 12-year-old now uses a wheelchair and greatly relies on the assistance of others, but despite this she has a wicked sense of humour and has staff at Aldercar Community Language College regularly in stitches! Teacher Catherine Johnson and her colleagues have nominated Amber for being an inspiration to them all.

ANDREW SLATER – Long Eaton

Andrew has the visual impairment retinitis pigmentosa, a condition which has recently deteriorated resulting in him now being registered blind. Despite this set-back the car-mad teenager raced an Astra GTE around Donington Park raising more than 500 for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Andrew, a pupil at The Long Eaton School, is statemented as a pupil with special needs but despite the social aspect of school being really difficult for him he's caring and is working really hard towards his GCSEs in maths, English, RE and food technology. Andrew's a pleasure to have in school according to his teaching assistant Gill Goodchild and bursar Barbara James who nominated him and is already thinking about his future, recently securing work experience with Aston Martin!

JACOB SMALLEY – Heanor

Jacob has Down's Syndrome and when he was a baby spent a lot of time in hospital. Because he was always ill Jacob, who's now 11, never learnt to chew food. He has dinners with his friends at Richardson Primary School but they have to be mashed up. In spite of all this Jacob always joins in with the fun and is very happy. Recently he's worked with a new speech therapist and for the first time in his life has been brave enough to put a solid piece of food in his mouth despite being very frightened of choking. He recently ate a whole Milky Way which, according to dad Nick who nominated him, was a tremendous achievement. Just one small step but a start!

KATIE SPENCER – Ashover

The Spencer sisters have been nominated for their sporting and acting talents. Katie has a passion and talent for performing arts. She's sung in her school choir, plays the keyboard and flute and is a member of Ripley Academy of Dance and Drama and Bakewell Youth Theatre. The 16-year-old Lady Manners School pupil has appeared in numerous school plays and performances in her village. She's sung with the National Arts Touring Company when they performed Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Buxton Opera House and also took part in a gifted and talented summer school. Katie's appeared in the BBC detective drama Dalziel and Pascoe, recently filmed for the TV drama Doctors and as well as performing has also devised her own performance for younger children.

YASMIN SPENCER – Ashover

All-round sportswoman Yasmin has been nominated by her shot putt coach. The 14-year-old Lady Manners School pupil is the number one shot putter in the UK this year in her age group and has been selected to represent England in the U15 senior rounders team. Yasmin, a member of Chesterfield Athletics Club, has thrown a shot further than any other athlete in her age group this season and is setting her sights on representing her country in the 2012 Olympic Games. She's currently a member of the UK Elite Shot Putting Squad which trains under the guidance of former British shot putter Geoff Capes. One day Yasmin would like to become a PE teacher and has enrolled on a junior athletics coaching programme to support younger athletes at her club.

REBECCA SPENCER – Kimberley, Nottinghamshire

Taking every day as it comes after being diagnosed with a brain tumour has earned Rebecca this award. The St John Houghton Catholic School pupil has shown courage beyond her 15 years and is dealing with her illness in a very positive way. Her headteacher Bernard Monaghan, who has nominated her, says Rebecca attends school even on days when she has under gone extensive treatment and never complains. She's even recently been elected as a school prefect. Rebecca has a great sense of humour, loves the colour pink and is an inspiration. "Our school community has definitely benefited from her presence," says Mr Monaghan.

MICHAEL SYLVESTER – South Normanton

A gifted and talented young actor, Michael has been nominated for this award by family friend Mary White. Even though he's only 10, Michael has already appeared on stage with professional actors at Derby Playhouse playing the part of Bob Cratchet's son Tiny Tim in the Dickens' favourite A Christmas Carol. He also gave a solo rendition of Silent Night which brought tears to the audience's eyes! This year Michael has landed the part of Neil Armstrong's son in a production at the theatre called Moon Landing. Mrs White says Michael keeps up with his work from Kirkstead Junior School – even completing it backstage – and has shown tremendous drive and commitment.

LAUREN TANSLEY – Belper

While on her paper round one day, Lauren spotted an 80-year-old pensioner on the floor of her kitchen. The quick-thinking Belper School pupil got into the house and phoned an ambulance. She then called a neighbour and sat with the lady, who had broken her leg, until the ambulance arrived. Paramedics told the 14-year-old the pensioner may not have survived the night if Lauren had not intervened. Lauren has been nominated for her life-saving actions by her proud school head of year Geoff Astill.

JAKE THORPE – Crich

Jake was born with autism and cerebral palsy which means he has very limited use of his left hand. Despite his difficulties the 13-year-old has always attended mainstream school joining in whatever way he can. Jake is a cheerful young man who has lots of friends who tend to be very protective of him - although he is more than capable of holding his own with anyone! When Jake first started at Highfields School teachers worried about how much he would be able to achieve but he adapted and even the recent move to upper school did not faze him. Jake has a good sense of humour, is master of the wise crack and particularly enjoys running. He's been nominated by teacher Gill Donaldson who says Jake never complains and the school is a richer place for having him in it.

MADELEINE TIMLETT – Chesterfield

Madeleine shows maturity beyond her 12 years in caring for both her mum and dad due to their ill health. A pupil at St Mary's High School in Chesterfield, she provides her mum with a great deal of emotional support and has helped her through difficult times – particularly when her dad had to have life-saving surgery. Madeleine also looks after her younger sister every day. Despite the huge commitment she gives to her family, Madeleine has coped admirably with her studies and that's why she has been nominated for this award by her deputy headteacher Veronica Grant.

BETHANIE WAIN – Matlock

Beth was born with cerebral palsy which means that although she can manage to do most things herself, she does them very slowly. The 13-year-old has always been in mainstream education and makes the most of her talent. She's a shy young lady but has a cracking sense of humour and it doesn't take much before tears of laughter are streaming down her face. Gill Donaldson, her teacher at Highfields School, nominated Beth for instinctively knowing when people are feeling down and doing her best to cheer them up with a simple smile or touch on the arm. Gill says Beth's a great joy to know and never lets her disability get the better of her. "Beth's one of those people who make the world a better place to be," she said.

SAM WAIN – Dronfield

Talented pianist Sam is wowing audiences with his fantastic performances – despite not even being able to read music! The 12-year-old, a pupil at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, began playing to pub audiences but within seven months had performed in front of 2,500 people at Sheffield City Hall. He's appeared alongside leading boogie woogie pianist Ben Waters who described him as an exceptional prospect and has played with the legendary Frank White. Sam is modest about his talent says deputy headteacher Elizabeth Ford, but gets on stage to rock 'n' roll with passion, enthusiasm and the skill of someone beyond his years.

JAMES WATSON – Belper

Quick-thinking James made sure his foster carers and three other children were evacuated from the family home when a fire started in the loft just four days before last Christmas. The brave 16-year-old was upstairs with one of the younger children when the fire broke out. He alerted everyone and ensured the other child upstairs was safely evacuated in time. James suffered a burn to his hand during the incident but nobody else was hurt. Once the family was outside the house James was asked to alert the neighbours to the danger and he did this very calmly. James's foster carers Fiona and John Birds were impressed with his presence of mind and competence, and along with proud social worker Ag Jones very much feel he deserves his Young Achievers award.

ANTONIA WEAR – Clay Cross

If it had not been for Antonia her mum Susan could have died. The quick-thinking 10-year-old leapt into action when Susan had an epileptic attack and was struggling to breathe. Antonia kept her calm, got her breathing and phoned for the ambulance. She then phoned her dad to come home and called her teachers at Claycross Junior School to let them know what was happening. Proud mum Susan says Antonia often has to look after her but she just gets on with it and doesn't complain. The Young Carers group now takes her out on trips to give her a break. Antonia has been nominated for her award by her mum and headteacher Alan Denford.

KADE WEBSTER – Darley Dale

Last Easter Kade was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma, a very aggressive rare tumour. The six-year-old was brave from the start, explaining the lump in her tummy and treatment to her classmates at South Darley Primary School. Since then Kade has been very ill with the effects of chemotherapy including losing her hair and needing a tube in her stomach. When she's been well enough for school Kade's 'business as usual' attitude has set the tone for her classmates and staff – she's there to work and expects to be treated like the other children. Although the tumour has now been removed Kade is still undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Kade's teachers have nominated her to let her and her family know they think she's amazing.

THOMAS WELCH – Chesterfield

Tom became very ill in summer last year and was diagnosed as having non-Hodgkins lymphoma. This led to him having to stop attending school and enduring months of intense medication. Throughout this time, 14-year-old Tom remained positive and was determined to return to school in Year 9, even though he was not fully recovered, so he could prepare for his SATS examinations. It was during this time that he also developed epilepsy but despite having some attacks, Tom remained determined to attend school continuing to participate in lessons in a normal way and doing very well in his tests. Sarah Metcalfe, Tom's head of year at Brookfield Community School, has nominated him for his determination not to let his illnesses hold him back.

CHARLIE and JAMIE WHITAKER – Palterton, Chesterfield.

Nine-year-old Charlie became very ill soon after being born and was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow and blood disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia which only affects about 125 people in the UK. He survived by being rigged up to a pump injecting drugs 12 hours every night and blood transfusions every three weeks to keep him alive. His only chance of a cure was a transplant. He was given hope by a bone marrow transplant from his baby brother Jamie, without which he may not be here today. It was a very demanding and worrying time for all the family as the risks with transplant were potentially devastating, and it has been a long and hard struggle with constant care needed to manage Charlie's condition. But he's now in a mainstream school with his brother and sister at Palterton Primary and doing brilliantly. The determined youngster even organised and competed in a charity fun run in April - persuading his headteacher and other staff and friends to get their running shoes on too - and raised 500 for Sheffield Children's Hospital where he had his transplant. Family friend Clare Walker, who nominated the brothers, wanted to praise both Charlie and Jamie for their bravery.

MELANIE WILCOCKSON – Hathersage

Fifteen-year-old Melanie is a quiet, unassuming young lady who hides her sporting talents. In January last year, the dry-slope skier began competing at a national level. Her first ranking was 302 but within a year the Hope Valley College student had risen to 126. She has won bronze awards at the Celtic Cup and a month later at the Grand Prix and has been awarded first under-16 girl at the Rossendale Summer Race League for the last two seasons. Melanie, who has been nominated for this award by her college head of house Alison Scorer, also came tenth in the European Championships in September.

This is a brave group of children who suffer from the chronic painful medical conditions juvenile idiopathic arthritis and juvenile idiopathic dermatomyositis which can affect the joints, muscles, skin and eyes. The treatment for this condition involves weekly injections of medications which are not only painful but also have unpleasant side effects that can make them feel very sick for several days. They also have to undergo regular physiotherapy and blood tests which can cause further pain and distress. Despite this, these children attend school whenever they can with many choosing to have their injections at the weekend so as to minimise time off school, and participate in as many activities as possible, to help bring a sense of normality into their lives. They have been nominated for their awards by children's community nurse Alison Leech who helps them with their medication. She wanted to recognise their bravery, courage and determination which she feels can sometimes go unnoticed. Congratulations to Young Achievers Lydia Keenan (8), Jamie Hill (13) , Natasha Noakes, (7), Hannah Brown (5), Joshua Nadin (9), Zakkary Morris (12), Charlotte Metcalfe (12), Paige Stevenson (12), Olivia Bradshaw (13), Samuel Ashmore (7), Rebecca Haresign (8) and Edmund Austin (11).

ECKINGTON UFI PARISH FORUM

Eckington UFI Parish Forum is a group of inspirational young people who are working hard to put something back into their community. And there seems to be nothing the youngsters aren't involved in! Under the guidance of 16-year-old forum chair D'Arcy Dye and 15-year-old vice-chair Katie Hanson, the Eckington School students have been heavily involved in the parish's successful plastic recycling scheme. They also help to organise Eckington Christmas market and Ridgeway Carnival, apply for funding bids, attend numerous local committees and sit in on police and parish council meetings. The forum, based at Eckington Youth Centre, volunteered to help out with Eckington's Funscheme, works closely with the community safety partnership to represent young people's views of crime and anti-social behaviour, has helped with plans to upgrade play facilities for younger children in the area and is currently helping with research on a project to provide new street benches made from recycled resources. D'Arcy and Katie have been nominated for their award along with other forum members James Dye who's 14 and 16-year-old Euan Gill by Eckington Parish Council and North East Derbyshire community safety officer Faye Green.

DROP INN - Belper

A recent Derbyshire County Council project to promote positive images of young people has done just that – by encouraging teenagers at Belper's Drop Inn centre to stage innovative music and dance performances. The centre opened in Derwent Street around eight years ago to provide 13 to 18-year-olds with a relaxed environment where they could meet friends and talk over problems or issues which concern them. After hearing about the county council's 'This is me' campaign which aims to challenge negative stereotypes of young people, six 15 and 16-year-old members - Kelly Kirkham, Leigh Scott, Nick Haynes, Ryan Brown, Alex Collier and Dan Lloyd - learnt how to street dance and rap in beat box style and under the name 'Break Boxers' have since performed at schools, clubs and County Hall in Matlock to celebrate young people's successes. The centre, run by manager Laura Taylor, is going from strength to strength and now runs daytime courses in conjunction with Belper School including first aid, car maintenance and childcare. It also provides a safe environment for pupils who may have been bullied or who have problems at school. Drop Inn has been nominated for an award by Derbyshire County Council chair Councillor Joyce Sanders.

 
 
 

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