Rotary delights in recognising the achievements of young people across the world and in helping them to achieve their full potential. We had the enormous privilege recently to have nominated Doncaster teenager Abbey Booker for a Rotary Young Citizens award for her selfless work with children in care.
Abbey was one of the worthy winners of the award and was presented with her award live on BBC television on 8th April 2017.
Abbey Booker, 15, was overall winner of The Pride of Doncaster Awards organised by the Doncaster Free Press and sponsored by T L B Properties Ltd. She was noticed by a member of The Rotary Club of Doncaster who was impressed by her speech of thanks and by the work she does in the local community. He arranged for the Rotary Clubs of Doncaster and Doncaster St Leger to nominate her for a Rotary Young Citizen Award.
These awards are made to people under 25 who have made a difference locally, or nationally. They are intended to showcase and celebrate the positive citizenship and responsibility shown by young people.
There were 60 nominations from the whole of the U K and Ireland and Abbey was one of six winners. She also receives a cheque for £500.00 to be awarded to a charity of her choice, which is Bluebell Wood Hospice.
Abbey is in care. When taken into care she found she had no voice and no way of expressing her views and needs. Now she helps with the work of The Doncaster Carers Trust. She is on the interview panel for volunteer friends and assists with their training. She attends the Youth Club and helps cook and organise events. She talks to other children in care and helps them resolve problems and gives advice. She understands their needs and the Trust have amended their practices as a result of her input. The volunteer friend scheme recently won a national award for their innovative work and some of the credit must go to Abbey.
What does she get from this? The satisfaction of having made a difference to someone’s life.
We wholeheartedly congratulate Abbey on her unique efforts and look forward to being able to support her vision further in the future.
Video of the live broadcast on Saturday 8th April of the Rotary Young Citizen Awards.
Video of the BBC’s Noel Phillips interviewing previous Young Citizen Award winner Grace O’Malley alongside our very own Abbey Booker.
Our club member Alicia Reade attended the conference in Manchester where Abbey Booker, above was presented with her award. Click on the video above to see Alicia’s personal and unique experiences in Manchester.
The BBC’s short film on Abbey which was also shown during the live screening of the awards from Manchester on 8th April 2017 as well as on BBC Breakfast.
A picture of our club member, Paul West, with Abbey after the live screening of the awards on 8th April 2017.
Part of Abbey’s award was to be able to nominate a charity to receive from Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland a cheque for £500. Abbey made the wonderful choice of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, where we were very happy to visit on 1st June 2017.