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Fighting Forced Marriages

Lauren volunteers as a youth advisor and ambassador for Plan UK, a charity that works with the world’s poorest children so they can move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity. She is a member of their Youth Advisory Panel and a Youth Adviser on the UNICEF board of Trustees. Highlights […]

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Inspirational FGM campaigner

69. Yvonne Obura

Educating thousands of trainee doctors about FGM

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New Hope

68. Jean Wilson

New Hope works with families who have children with disabilities and complex health care needs in the Worcester area. Jean founded the group in 2010 when she discovered that there was little support in her area for her daughter Emily, who was diagnosed with a severe disability at 17 months old.  New Hope provides Saturday […]

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Champion Carer

67. Frank Blades

Frank was inspired to raise awareness of the role of volunteer carers after becoming a carer for his wife.  When Frank’s wife was discharged from hospital a number of years ago, he felt they were sent home without adequate support or advice.  Frank felt strongly that this was a problem that should and could be […]

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Veteran Hero

66. Ron Andrew

Ron Andrew, who is 84 years old, has been tending graves of old soldiers for years in order to show his respect and raise awareness of the contribution made by local servicemen who fought in WW1 and WW2. Ron was called up for National Service in 1948 when he was 18 and spent two years […]

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Karate Kids

65. Dave Brook

Dave’s programme has gone from strength to strength and is now being established across the country. Due to his experience as a former police officer Dave recognised that young people need guidance and inspiration to get fit, stay out of trouble and live a better life. He also knew that this message often needs to […]

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Defying dyspraxia

64. Jess Starns

Jess Starns, who was inspired to work with young people after taking part in a 12-week course run by the youth charity Prince’s Trust, is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award. Jess set up ‘Dyspraxic Me’ with support from Starbucks Youth Action, a social action programme run in conjunction with UK Youth.   […]

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Defying Dyspraxia

64. Jess Starns

Inspired by her personal experience of living with Dyspraxia, a developmental coordination disorder that affects motor skills as well as problems with language and perception, Dyspraxic Me is a particularly impressive achievement. The group organises events to help young people with Dyspraxia improve their personal and work skills including workshops on managing your money, interview […]

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