Yorkshire Young Achievers: Singing the praises of all our young heroes

THE FINEST young people of Leeds were honoured at the 2015 Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards.

Friday, 20th November 2015, 8:30 am
Daisy Campbell, award for Achievement in the Arts, presented by Kathryn Apanowicz. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

They included Lizzie Armitstead, whose parents picked up her sporting award from former Leeds United star Peter Lorimer.

Others honoured included a University of Leeds student who helped cancer sufferers. Hannah Wilks, 21, was recognised as the region’s young “unsung hero” at the event.

Hannah, studying zoology in Leeds, helped raise funds for research into ovarian cancer after her mother was diagnosed with the disease. She took a voluntary placement last year with Marie Curie’s West Yorkshire Community Fundraising Team.

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Mary Benson, winner of the Achievement in Management and Enterprise award.

Despite working full-time, five days a week, she regularly came in early and left late and gave up many weekends to support fundraising activities, including collecting during the charity’s Great Daffodil 
Appeal and helping out at events.

She was one of the eight remarkable people aged under 35 whose achievements were highlighted at the YEP-backed ceremony at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion in front of hundreds of guests. The 23rd awards were organised by the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation, established to support young people in Yorkshire. Chairman Peter McCormick said: “Hannah was a particularly deserving winner because she went the extra mile to help cancer sufferers across Yorkshire.”

Other winners included Daisy Campbell, of Methley, in the Achievement in the Arts category, sponsored by the YEP. The 12-year-old plays Amelia Spencer in Emmerdale.

Special Award winner Jono Lancaster.

Mary Benson, 24, of Seacroft, a fashion designer who made a debut at London Fashion Week last year, won the Achievement in Management and Enterprise award. Jono Lancaster, 31, of Normanton, a sufferer of the rare congenital disorder Treacher Collins Syndrome, was given the Special Award.

Youngster of the Year Alicia Donnelly.
Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot.
Achievement in Education award winner Sarah Sobka presented by Stephen Burwood of Positive Tax Solutions.