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.

 

 

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