Ripley's Head Boy receives a British Citizen Youth Award

Nathan Halford (Centre) with Kimberly Wyatt (left) and Nicky Cox MBE (right)

Twenty six inspiring youngsters from across the UK were recognised at this year’s British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA) for their extraordinary contribution to society, charities and good causes.

Ripley St Thomas C of E Academy's Head Boy, Nathan Halford, was honoured for his efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 16th October, attended by 120 guests including host, Rt. Hon. Lord Blunkett, patrons Dame Mary Perkins, Nicky Cox MBE and presenter Kimberly Wyatt.

Now in its fourth year, the BCyA, in association with Specsavers, highlights individual acts of bravery, kindness and compassion from young people under the age of 18 across the UK.

Nathan is an ambassador for his school, town, church and British Youth.  He has a diverse range of charities that he is involved with and is passionate about helping the less able and vulnerable from all sectors.  He is a member of the Garstang Youth Council, voted Citizen of the Year, serving as a senior altar server and is a representative for North West, UK Youth Voice.  

Since starting secondary school, he had a bus pass and viewed from the top deck the ever increasing number of new homes engulfing the town and nearby villages.  Nathan felt it was important to keep the green areas and the charity he chose to support in his Mayoral year was the Millennium Green.  The Green is enjoyed by young and old, able and disabled and offers the opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife.  Schools also use it for environmental lessons and there is an area for community events and concerts.  Nathan had a goal of raising £1,000 to keep the use of the Green for all to enjoy and by running family fund raising events for everyone to enjoy, reached close to £1,400 which he presented to the trustees of the green.

Nathan also trained for the Great North Swim raising over £800 for the Brain and Spine Foundation.  Nathan is a role model for young people across many different community spirited endeavours.

Nathan received his BCyA medal from Kimberly Wyatt, Presenter of Got to Dance and member of The Pussycats Dolls.

“I am honoured to present the British Citizen Youth Awards. This awards programme shines a light on the efforts of our youth and is something to be revered. The world needs more young people like these leading our communities”.

Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers and BCyA Patron said “These unsung heros are the rising stars of the future – let us shine a light on them and Celebrate!  I hope that many more youngsters will follow in their footsteps”.

Following the formal medal presentations, all guests were treated to an Open Top Lap of Honour Tour of the capital courtesy of Big Bus London, which has supported the BCyA since its inception.