Pride of Somerset Youth Awards 2020

Taunton Rotary Club and its partners are proud to announce that nominations for the 2020 Pride of Somerset Youth Awards are now open. You have until 12th April to make your nomination and give something special to a young person.

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2020 marks the 13th anniversary of the Pride of Somerset Youth Awards. The Awards are organised by BBC Somerset and the Rotary Club of Taunton, with sponsorship from Bridgwater and Taunton College, Carly Press Ltd, Young Somerset and the Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the support of Somerset Day and Tone News.

The Awards celebrate young people across Somerset who have done something to make their family, community and friends proud.

From achievements in the arts, sports, music and academically to caring for others and the enviroment, to overcoming personal adversity and hardship and making a difference to their community through volunteering: the awards recognise any young person in the County who displays tremendous generosity, courage and passion.

Lead organiser Rotarian Peter Renshaw said, 'there have been some amazing young people over the last 12 years and the Rotary Club of Taunton is proud to be able to celebrate their achievements. We are also pleased they are being recognised as part of the Somerset Day celebrations.'

This year's ceremony will take place on the 6th May at the Bridgwater and Taunton Conference Centre and will be hosted by BBC Somerset presenters Claire Carter and Simon Parkin. Claire says. ' I am always blown away by the stories we unearth through these awards. I believe now, more than ever, that we not only need to encourage future generations to be passionate about what they love and achieve, but also shine a light on what they do and make a fuss of them! It's a privilege to host this event and be in a room with such youngsters.

President Tony Cox spoke of his enthusiasm for the scheme.

'The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards evening is a highlight in our Rotary calendar. Every year we attract an amazing selection of young people from across the County. Each nominee is a hero in their own right and it is a privilege to shine a light on their outstanding achievement. The triumph over adversity shown by some young people is truly humbling and it means so much to them and their families to be recognised in this way. I am so excited about being a part of it all this year.'

Applications are now welcomed and all entries must be submitted by 12th April. Nominees must live in Somerset and be under the age of 20years on 31st March 2020.

To nominate a young person, please send their full name, age, school/college (where appropriate), full address and contact telephone number along with a maximum of 200 words detailing their accomplishments to explain why they deserve a Pride of Somerset Award. Please include your own name and contact details. Applications can be sent to: somerset@bbc.co.uk.

BBC Somerset will be broadcasting live interviews with some of the winners at the Awards evening.

For more information go to BBC Somerset. 

Read more about last year's winners by following the ‘Pride of Somerset: Youth Award Stories’.

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