A Myerscough College agriculture student has been recognised in the 2018 High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year awards.
Jayden Whalley was recognised for his community spirit supporting the Firefighters Charity and his contribution to raising more than £15,000 towards firefighters rehab centres.
17-year-old Jayden is currently on a Level 1 programme in Land-based Studies (Agriculture) at Myerscough, is also a member of Clitheroe Youth Forum, and has volunteered at Clarksons Contractors for more than three years.
Robert Webb, High Sheriff of Lancashire, said: “I want to congratulate all the young people who were nominated – it is a great achievement which you should all be very proud of.
“We should all celebrate the brilliant efforts that every nominee has made – all contributing to a better life for their communities.”
“The aim of the Young Citizen of the Year Award is to promote the achievements of Lancashire’s young people, and to highlight the really valuable contribution they make to their local communities.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Andy Rhodes, said: “It is a great pleasure to host the Young Citizen of the Year Award here at our Headquarters in Hutton. I’ve been extremely impressed with the standard of entries. I would like to personally congratulate the winners, who have shown real public spirit in giving up their time for the benefit of the community. Their efforts are to be commended.”
“These young people have made a real impact with their work to support other young people, charities and our colleagues in the fire service.’’
The announcement was made during a special award ceremony at Lancashire Police headquarters in Hutton.
A panel of judges including the current High Sheriff, the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC); Joel Arber, Pro Vice-Chancellor from the University of Central Lancashire and the former High Sheriff Rodney Swarbrick.
Joel Arber, Pro Vice-Chancellor from the University of Central Lancashire added: “The Young Citizen of the Year Award shines a spotlight on the amazing work of young people from across Lancashire who do extraordinary things for others.
“The selfless commitment of time, energy and expertise to help individuals and communities less fortunate than themselves is a shining example to all of us of what being a good citizen is really all about.’’
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by Dave Salmon