Pride of Somerset Youth Awards 2021

The achievements of eight remarkable young people have been recognised in the 2021 Pride of Somerset Youth Awards. In an online ceremony released on Somerset Day, 11 May, BBC Radio Somerset’s presenter Claire Carter congratulated the winners.

The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards went ahead this year despite the COVID lockdown and the many challenges this presented. Determined that young people and their stories should not be forgotten, Peter Renshaw of Taunton Rotary Club announced, 'This is the 14th year of the Pride of Somerset Awards and as it was not possible to hold the awards last year the organisers felt it was important that the achievements of Somerset Young People should be recognised'.


Nominations were requested in the following categories: Enterprise, Overcoming physical adversity; Overcoming social adversity; Cultural activity; Sport; Volunteering and the Sandy Padgett Award. Nominations flooded in and the judging panel had a tough job to determine the winners who were finally announced by BBC Somerset radio presenters on 11th May which is also Somerset Day.


Winners came from across Somerset and were, Sophie Leith, Charlotte Harrison, Amy Keitch, Elias Abiye, Emily Vernon, Charley Jones, Fin Bendle and Owen Greenslade-Yates. Esme Achiro aged just 6 years old picked up the prestigious Sandy Padgett award for her quick thinking when she dialled 999 after her mum became ill whilst driving. A police spokesperson said, 'The bravery and courage of Esme in such a traumatic situation cannot be underestimated and is truly deserving of recognition'. 


Watch Claire Carter from BBC Somerset congratulating the 2021 Award winners.


Find out more about the Pride of Somerset Award winners and read about their touching and courageous stories.


Each person has received a certificate and gift voucher with support from the Rotary Club of Taunton, Somerset Day Community Interest Company, Avon and Somerset Police and Young Somerset. The Rotary Club of Taunton thanks all those who make these awards possible and especially those who nominated all our young heroes.



(ALL fields required)

Your email address will not be displayed, once the comment has been approved.

To reduce spam, http:// and www. are not allowed.

Related pages...

Young Photographer Winners announced

more Winners of the Club round of the Rotary Young Photographer 2021 competition were celebrated this week at a private award event.

Young Musician 2021

Young Musician

more Nine young people from across the District made pre-recordings of their performance pieces which were shown to an on-line audience and adjudicators on 24th April 2021.  The standard was exceptional.

Winning Team, Churchill Academy with Adjudicator John Holden

Youth Speaks District Final 2020

more Once again youngsters from across the District astounded the audience with their eloquence and expertise in the recently revised Youth Speaks competition.

Pupils from Queens College: 'Teamwork makes Dreams Work', said one youngster


more Pupils from Queens College: 'Teamwork makes Dreams Work', said one youngster

Bradley Flinders, aspiring for leadership and supported by The Rotary Club of Taunton to participate in the challenging programme: Rotary Youth Leaders Award

Rotary Young Leaders Award (RYLA)

more Rotary supports the development of Leadership skills in this exciting outdoor programme

Rosie Jones and Kate Hood sponsored by the Taunton Rotary Club in their visit to the USA

College Students Visit USA

more Rosie and Kate visit Taunton, USA. Supported by the Rotary Club of Taunton, Kate and Rosie, both students of Richard Huish College, visited Taunton, Massachusetts in this long standing Rotary exchange.

James Mockridge, Winner of Young Chef 2019 with Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Catherine Herbert and Rotarian Patrick Berry

Youth Awards - Young Chef Success 2019

more James Mockridge, a student of Queen’s College excelled to win first prize in the Rotary Young Chef competition for 2019, facing stiff competition from students across other local schools.

back to page above this...

Flying the Flag for Somerset

Celebrating Youth

back Young People are at the heart of our future. That is why the Rotary Club of Taunton links with schools and youth organisation to create opportunities for young people. Help us support the young.