- Published: 16 February 2017
Two inspiring young volunteers have been chosen as joint winners of this month's Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award.
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Huda Caglayan and George Palmer, both aged 17, have been involved in numerous youth events, including planning and organising the first ever Hastings Pride last year. They also helped with two events for mental health and White Ribbon, which aims to educate and raise awareness of violence against women.
The pair also organised the Hastings Youth awards, which attracted more than 400 people, and helped launch the Hastings Youth Grant in December.
The teenagers, who attend Sussex Coast College Hastings, were nominated for the award by Emile Tambeh, Community Cohesion and Support Officer at Hastings Borough Council, who said: “Both individuals work so hard and give up their free time to volunteer and have attended a number of events. They deserve to receive this award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their local community.”
The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.
The award is normally presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way, but in this instance the two students were put forward together. The award recognises sporting or academic achievements, or goes to someone who has performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.
Ashley Chapman, Marketing and Communications Executive at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Huda and George work hard for the town on important issues which affect not only our young people, but also the wider community. They were instrumental in organising the first Hastings Pride and have helped with numerous other important events.”
As part of their award, Huda and George will receive a complimentary meal for two and £100 is being donated to the Hastings Pride fund.