‘Outstanding’ Hartlepool young people recognised at awards night

Some of the winners of The Futures Bright, The Futures Young People Awards.
Some of the winners of The Futures Bright, The Futures Young People Awards.

Outstanding young people from Hartlepool have been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

A total of 11 awards were handed out at “The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Young People Awards” which took place at the Borough Hall on the Headland.

Organised by Hartlepool Youth Council and supported by Hartlepool council’s Participation Team, the awards recognise the achievements of young people aged seven to 19 and those aged seven to 25 who have additional needs.

This year’s winners were chosen by a panel including members of Hartlepool Youth Council. The awards were presented at an evening ceremony featuring singer Olivia Crawford, part of Liv ‘n G band.

Among the winners was Turyali Ahmadzi, who took the courage award for showing remarkable strength of character by overcoming personal challenges to achieve success, such as in an act of bravery, overcoming illness or disability.

Young Person’s Champion was Callum Reed, while Lennon Jake Wood took the Back on Track gong.

The entertainment award went to Kyria Cooper, Amy Griffiths got the fund-raising award after raising cash for town charities and Alex Johnson was recognised for academic achievement.

The Sporting Success award went to Owen Baker and Clayton Eggleston was honoured for his community work.

SEND Support Network Programme was named Project of the Year and the Clare Irvine Award - presented in memory of Hartlepool Council’s Arts and Events Manager Clare Irvine who sadly died at the age of 40 in March 2016 - was given to Ethan Lang.

Councillor Alan Clark, chairman of Hartlepool Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “There are many reasons to be proud of young people right across the town and the recipients of these well-deserved awards are just a few examples of that.”