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14 March 2017

Westbury young people honoured at awards evening

Cllr Jerry Wickham presents the Chairman’s Award to Westbury Leigh Primary School pupils on behalf of Mya Drury

The achievements of young people from the Westbury area were celebrated last week at the first Westbury Young People's Awards.

More than 300 people attended this inaugural event, held at Matravers School and hosted by Westbury Area Board chairman, Jerry Wickham and Westbury community engagement manager, Liam Cripps.

174 young people from the Westbury community area were nominated for awards, with eight individuals and four youth groups and sports teams selected as winners.

Among the inspirational winners on the night were Jacob Harrington and Alex Tilley, who both won Young Carer awards for the way they look after family members with long-term health conditions. While the Chairman's Award went to Mya Drury, who, of her own volition, opted to have her hair cut and donated it to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have suffered hair loss.

Jerry Wickham said: "This was the first Westbury Youth Awards ceremony and the fact that 174 members of the wider Westbury youth were nominated shows the excellent volunteering and skills that these young people contribute in our communities.

"The judging panel had a really difficult task in choosing winners out of the high quality nominations, but Friday night's event enabled us to thank and recognise everyone and to remind all the nominees that they were all winners.

"These awards illustrate how our important our young people are to Wiltshire Council and to the Westbury area. As an area board, we have supported many local projects to provide activities and opportunities for young people, and we see the support of these awards as recognition for the contribution that they make to their local community.

"I was extremely proud to be involved with this event and I know that the area board will continue to support young people through its allocation of funding and support for new schemes and projects."

Liam Cripps said: "I would like to thank Matravers School for providing such a great venue to host this event, to Morrisons and Aldi for providing the refreshments, and to all the wonderfully talented performers that were a highlight of the evening. Every nominee and award winner proves what a fantastic and inspirational community we have in Westbury. Roll on next year's awards."

Complete winners list:

AwardNameSponsored by

Young Achiever

Ethan Sims

Young Carer

Jacob Harrington
Somerset Care
Young Carer
Alex Tilley
Somerset Care

Volunteering Award

Westbury Leos
Selwood Housing

Young Leader

Catherine Jones

Sovereign Housing

Sporting Individual

Hayden Bailey

Gooding Accounts

School Council

Fairfield Farm College

Hills Group

Individual Arts 

Millie Gmaj

 Martin & Co
Team ArtsDilton Junior PlayersHire Standards Ltd

Young Voice

Hannah Meaden  

White Horse News

Sporting Team

Westbury United U13s

Places for People

Chairman's Award
Mya Drury
No sponsor
Last updated: 14 March 2017 | Last reviewed: 14 March 2017

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