A Winning Young Citizen

Rotary Leeds nominates another winner of a Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland Young Citizen Award

14-year-old Jessica Frost, from Farsley in Leeds, was in and out of hospital from the age of 2, with a range of development issues from walking and talking to fine motor skills. Her social skills were affected, leading to her becoming introverted.

She was found to be suffering from Ketotic Hypoglycaemia where her blood sugar levels dropped to extremely dangerous levels and only hospital intervention could get them back to normal.

Her singing started as a hobby recommended by Leeds Child Development Team after noticing that although she struggled to speak, she could sing whole songs and pick them up very quickly.

Jessica and her family received lots of support from doctors, nurses and specialists, which is why she now raises funds and awareness with her singing performances for the foundations, charities and events that help local children, including children’s hospices.

During lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jess performed her planned VE day min-concert live on Facebook on 8th May to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund, as her neighbours watched on and held a socially-distanced street party.

Aged 12, Jessica was the 2017 Christmas No.1 in the Fab Charts with "If everyday was Christmas" to raise funds for St Gemma's Hospice.

Follow this link to see Jessica being interviewed on the BBC News Channel on Friday 22nd May.