Young people honoured by police at good citizen awards
Four young people from Shropshire are among those recognised at this year's Young Good Citizen Awards.
A total of 10 young people from across Shropshire, Hereford, and north and south Worcestershire were awarded for overcoming challenges in their own lives while still making a difference to others in their community in an event at police headquarters, Hindlip Hall, on Thursday.
West Mercia Police launched the search for Young Good Citizen of 2017 in May and individual and group nominations were received from Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs), schools, youth leaders and members of the public.
Of those nominated 10 finalists, along with the person that proposed them were invited to the ceremony at Police HQ to receive their Young Good Citizen Certificate and £50 Amazon voucher.
From Shropshire, Maddie Edwards was recognised for overcoming many challenges in her own life and still being able to make a difference to others.
Faye Longden was nominated for her valuable life skills at such an early age -her communication and commitment, alongside her responsible, reliable and organised attitude.
Sophie Lakelin-Davie was nominated for her commitment to helping others in the same situation as herself, with cystic fibrosis.
And Martha Roberts was nominated because despite the daily challenges she faces due to her condition always thinks of others before herself.
Presenting the awards Chief Inspector James Baker said: "Every year, I am inspired to see the incredible lengths young people go to. They are a positive force and that's why I feel so passionate about this opportunity to recognise and reward them.
"By celebrating their success, supporting and recognising those who are making a difference, I hope that we can give every young person the motivation to make their mark in society- improving their local area and making the best possible start to adult life.
"Today's awards are a chance to give young people the recognition they richly deserve and to say a huge thank you for all their hard work."
The ceremony is run in partnership with the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and the High Sheriffs of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, who presented the awards with the Chief Inspector to young people from their county.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: "These young people make such a valuable contribution to our communities, and it is important that we celebrate them.
"Their hard work and dedication is inspiring and I'm sure they will grow to play important roles in society as adults. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them on behalf of the public."