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Young Person of the Year Award sponsored by Co-op Midcounties

Young Person of the Year Award

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The Young Person of the Year Award sponsored by Co-op Midcounties recognises a person who has displayed maturity beyond their years.

Midcounties Co-operativeWinner: Aura

Aura is 16 and has faced a number of challenges in her life, receiving support along the journey from the charity Gloucestershire Young Carers. However, in spite of her challenges, she has become an outstanding advocate for her peers and recently joined a project run by the charity called The Mosquito Mission.

This is a group of young carers including Aura who go out to run sessions for professionals such as police and social workers who are training to work with families with children. She and her peers tell their young carer experiences with the aim of encouraging such professionals to keep young people in mind when they are called to deal with situations around family members - in particular involving substance misuse.

One participant of the Police Session said: It was amazingly impactive to hear the stories directly from those involved. To sow the seed and remember to always consider the bigger picture.

Aura is at school in Cheltenham and working to go to University this autumn.

‘Young Carers like Aura receive no Government financial support like adult carers do and are young adults trying to complete their studies whilst having no time off because of their caring responsibilities at home, making being a teenager 100 times more difficult.’ - Thomson & Bancks Solicitors, Cheltenham

Finalist: Jazmin

I would like to nominate a young girl who has shown understanding well beyond her years, supporting Pied Piper in our 'Tonne of Toys' appeal of Christmas 2018. Completely smashing the aim of rounding up 1000 new toys to give to children in hospital, the Pied Piper Appeal has managed to stock the cupboards with enough toys and gifts that the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Children's Centre can boost the mood of children receiving treatment, and their siblings, with presents and prizes through the entire year!

She showed such understanding and compassion, launching an online campaign to drive toy donations. She set an initial target of 100 toys, which soon grew to 200, and in the end she managed to bring a van filled with 330 new toys to donate, just before Christmas. Along with an assistant in the form of her father, dressed as an elf, she delivered these toys to children on the ward, making sure to talk to each of the children and carefully choose them a gift that they'd like from her selection.

Not once did she falter in maintaining her bright, cheery and supportive outlook, understanding her task and embracing it - acknowledging that she is extremely lucky to be blessed with good health, and appreciate that she can do something to make a difference to those who are unfortunately in hospital. She's a credit to her family, and we at The Pied Piper Appeal are proud to nominate her as a Charity Champion in these awards. We look forward to seeing her continue to make waves across the county in her next adventures, as we're sure she will keep going on her mission to do good!

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