Yorkshire’s young stars shine bright at Leeds ceremony

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A record number of people turned out to celebrate the achievements of Yorkshire’s brightest young stars.

Hundreds attended the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards (YYAA) in Leeds last night to hear incredible stories of the region’s kindest and most determined young people.

Achievement in the Arts, presented to Verity Rushworth and Amelia 'Flanagan. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Achievement in the Arts, presented to Verity Rushworth and Amelia 'Flanagan. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The glittering event, backed by the YEP, was held at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion and celebrates the achievements of people aged under 35.

Peter McCormick, from McCormicks Solicitors, which organised the event, said: “Our 22nd year proved another night to remember. The awards are a celebration of all that is good about young people in Yorkshire.”

Youngster of the Year went to brave Harry Phillips, aged nine, from Wakefield, after he raised £45,000 for Candlelighters during his battle with leukaemia.

Harry taught himself magic tricks whilst on the ward at Leeds General Infirmary and spent his time entertaining children and parents.

Despite his illness, he recently won a place at Merlins Magic Academy.

The Achievement in the Arts Award, sponsored by the YEP, was shared between Emmerdale actresses Verity Rushworth and six-year-old Amelia Flanagan, who played mother and daughter Donna and April Windsor.

England and former Leeds United footballer James Milner, took home the Achievement in Sport award.

The 28-year-old from Leeds was first signed by the Leeds United Academy at the age of 10.

The Achievement in Education went to Charlotte Newman, 24, of Leeds, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a cancer of the soft tissue around her abdomen – while studying law at Leeds University.

She went on to achieve a first-class law degree and is now working as a trainee solicitor.

Jessica Hartley, 22, of Batley, won the Unsung Hero award for caring for her late mum, Carol, during her cancer battle.

Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher won the Special Award for his support of the YYAA.

Personality of the Year went to Jack Marshall, 16, from Doncaster and Achievement in Management and Enterprise went to Andrew Hudson, 28, of Leeds, founder of G&H Sustainability.

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