The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire will celebrate the achievements of young people across the city and county this year through a virtual event.
Every year, the Lord-Lieutenant’s award scheme recognises the efforts and successes of 13-to-19 year-olds.
However, this year’s category finalists will be acknowledged at an online ceremony later this month, due to the impact of covid-19.
Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Michael Kapur OBE, said: “As a result of Covid-19 I had to postpone our special ‘red carpet’ awards evening and dinner originally planned for April.
“However, I am pleased to announce we will be holding a virtual event for our finalists on 17, November 2020.
“Ahead of the event, I have been sharing some of our finalists’ achievements via my twitter account, to demonstrate how the young people of Leicester and Leicestershire continue to astound me with their creativity, strength of spirit and selflessness.”
“I hope that the positivity and enthusiasm that shines through in their personal stories brightens your day and inspires more young people to follow their passions and encourages our local communities to continue to nurture and support the incredible young people in their midst.
“When you see the high standards of our finalists, you can appreciate how it makes my job of deciding who should receive the overall Young Person of the Year award that much harder, and long may that remain the case.”
The category finalists for the 2020 awards are as follows:
Young Artist of the Year
- David Knight, aged 18, is from Lutterworth.
- Isaac Hurst is 13 years old and attends the Wigston Academy.
- Thomas Corden is 18 and from Melton Mowbray.
- Zaahidah Ifarm is 15 years old from Leicester and attends the City of Leicester College.
Young Braveheart of the Year
- Gary Concepcion is 18 years old and lives in Leicester.
- Isse Abdullahi is 14, lives in Leicester and attends Crown Hills Community College.
- James Rimmer is 14 years old and lives in Groby, Leicestershire.
- Tyler Hodgkinson is 16 years old and lives in Coalville and attends King Edward VII High School in Coalville.
Young Leader of the Year
- Hanniya Kamran is 18 and comes from Leicester.
- Kiera McCourt is 17 years old, from Kirby Muxloe and attends Groby Brookvale Academy.
- Lauren Duguid is 18 and lives in Fleckney.
- Madiha Ussen is 15 years old, from Leicester and attends Moat Community College.
Young Volunteer of the Year
- Eleanor Wilkinson is 18 years old and lives in Syston.
- Kristian Brocksopp, 17, lives in Ratcliffe on the Wreake and attends Ratcliffe College.
- Molly Adams is 18 and lives in Wigston.
- Molly Cooper is 17 years old, lives in Birstall and attends Loughborough College.
We would welcome members of the public to view this event on YouTube, if people subscribe to the Leicestershire Lieutenancy channel they will be notified when the event is about to begin.
To find out more about the awards visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/llawards
The Lord Lieutenant’s Twitter account is @LeicsLieutenant