Chance to nominate young heroes for awards in Leeds

Launch of the YEP-backed Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards at ITV Yorkshire Studios in Leeds. From left, Harry Phillips, Duncan Wood, Suzie Richards, Kelvin Fletcher and Peter McCormack. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Launch of the YEP-backed Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards at ITV Yorkshire Studios in Leeds. From left, Harry Phillips, Duncan Wood, Suzie Richards, Kelvin Fletcher and Peter McCormack. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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THE search is on for Yorkshire’s brightest young stars as a glittering awards ceremony comes to Leeds.

The YEP-backed Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards are back for another year to celebrate the region’s most outstanding youngsters.

Pictured in the Dingle's front room on the set of Emmerdale are, from left, Leeds triathlete Suzie Richards, 2014 Youngster of the Year Harry Phillips and Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

Pictured in the Dingle's front room on the set of Emmerdale are, from left, Leeds triathlete Suzie Richards, 2014 Youngster of the Year Harry Phillips and Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

More than £1m has been raised for projects supporting Yorkshire youngsters since the awards started in 1993.

Nominations are now open for eight categories including Personality of the Year, Youngster of the Year, Unsung Hero, Achievement in the Arts, Education, Management and Enterprise, Sport and the Special Award.

Last year’s Youngster of the Year winner Harry Phillips spoke about the impact it has had on his life and is encouraging people to get involved.

He said: “It was very exciting to win and I felt very happy! Give it a try and hope for the best.”

Leeds triathlete Suzie Richards is also supporting the awards and received a grant from the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation to go towards a new bike to help her to improve her results.

Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher has supported the awards for many years and won the Special Award himself last year.

He said: “It was an honour to receive the award. There is some terrific talent in Yorkshire and we hope to hear about it.”

The 23rd awards will recognise the achievements of young people from Yorkshire who are aged under 35 years old, who have made an impact, nationally, regionally or locally.

Awards chairman Peter McCormick said: “Not only do the awards mean we can recognise and reward the achievements and efforts of young people who are making a difference in the region but they also allow us to raise funds to help other young people in Yorkshire to achieve their own successes.”

To nominate someone for the awards, visit www.yorkshireyoungachievers.co.uk or call Sonia Jones at McCormicks Solicitors on 01423 530 630.

The closing date for entries is September 11.

The awards will be held on November 19 at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion.

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