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Nominations open for Lord-Lieutenant's Award

Published on 06 December 2017

People in Leicester and Leicestershire are being urged to nominate inspiring young people for this year’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Award.

Each year, the Lord-Lieutenant celebrates the achievements of young people across the city and county through an award scheme which is open to all 13 to 19 year olds. 

This year’s categories celebrate the very best examples of effort and achievement. 

Young people can be nominated in categories including Young Braveheart, Young Volunteer, Young Sportsperson and Young Artist.  People can be nominated by other youngsters, their schools, parents or carers, or any other agency or individual.

For 2018, a special category will commemorate the centenary of the First World War.  

The award will be given to someone who investigates and presents a piece of creative research using any method including video, podcast, blog, or report. The project must be inspired by the contribution of what are now the Commonwealth countries either on the front line in thre First Wolrd War, or in a supporting role behind the lines.

Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, said: “I am delighted to open the nominations for the 2018 awards.  Having led the awards for over a decade, I look forward each year to hearing about the remarkable efforts of our amazing young people and their outstanding endeavours.

“As ever, the award categories highlight bravery, creativity, strength of spirit and selflessness – which can inspire us all in Leicester and Leicestershire.

“I am particularly keen to see the creative projects which young people are being invited to undertake.  I hope the challenge of revisiting our war time heritage and re-discovering the contribution made by so many Commonwealth countries during the First World War will capture the imaginations of our young investigators.”

The finalists and their parents will be invited to a special ‘red carpet’ awards evening and dinner held in April next year, which will be hosted by the Lord-Lieutenant.

Leicester deputy city mayor, responsible for children and young people’s services, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: “This is an amazing opportunity to nominate some of the incredible young people in our communities.

“We have young people in the city who are making a real difference in their communities day in and day out, and this is an chance to recognise that.”

Ciera Taylor, who was Young Braveheart last year and was named Young Person of the Year, added: “The other people who were nominated in my category so deserved to win as well and then to choose me, I was so happy and honoured, and to win overall as well – I still can’t quite believe it.”

A panel of judges, including young people and chaired by the Lord-Lieutenant, will shortlist three young finalists in each category of the award.

The finalists and their parents will be invited to a special ‘red carpet’ awards evening and dinner held in April and hosted by the Lord-Lieutenant.

Finalists will each receive a framed certificate together with a prize. Category winners will be announced at the ceremony - each winner receiving a prize to the value of £500.

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

The closing date for this year’s nominations for Young Braveheart, Young Volunteer, Young Sportsperson and Young Artist is January 31, 2018.  Entries for the Young Investigator of the Year special project are welcome until February 9, 2018.

To find out more about the awards or to nominate a young person visit:

www.leicestershire.gov.uk/llawards

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