Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards 2013: Search is on to find brightest young stars

Young Achievers Awards chairman Peter McCormack with Dr Kate Granger, Evan Whitton, right, and Doroteo Ronda Perez.

Young Achievers Awards chairman Peter McCormack with Dr Kate Granger, Evan Whitton, right, and Doroteo Ronda Perez.

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The search is on to find some of the region’s brightest young stars.

The Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards is looking for outstanding young people who have made a positive impact locally or nationally.

The awards, which celebrate their 21st birthday this year and are sponsored by McCormicks Solicitors, iare open to anyone under 35 and celebrate achievements in business, sport, education and the arts, in overcoming adversity and achieving fame.

Last year’s Unsung Hero Award winner, doctor Kate Granger, said: “It is lovely to be recognised and young people often don’t get the recognition they deserve so it’s nice to have a special awards ceremony to celebrate the amazing things that people do in Yorkshire.”

Kate, of Wakefield, works at Pinderfields Hospital and since being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has raised thousands of pounds for charity and written two books.

Evan Whitton, nine, from Silsden, won the Youngster of the Year award in 2012.

Evan was born with Cerebral Palsy and after undergoing pioneering spinal surgery so that he could walk, has taken up wheelchair racing.

He said: “I was flabbergasted to win. It was a real honour.”

The Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation is also keen to hear from people in need of grants.

The Foundation helped pay for an adapted bike for Doroteo Ronda Perez, eight, so he could go on bike rides with his family.

His father, also called Doroteo, said: “It gives him freedom and words can’t describe my sense of happiness when I see him smiling.”

For a nomination form, visit: www.yorkshireyoungachievers.co.uk or call Sonia Jones on 01423 530 630.

The closing date is Friday, September 27.

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