Young helpers are rewarded

Representatives from NVYA at the awards event
Representatives from NVYA at the awards event

Young volunteers were rewarded for their hard work at a ceremony.

The Northamptonshire Voluntary Youth Action (NVYA) Wellingborough and East Northants volunteering awards took place at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough on Friday night.

At the event two young people – Katie Howie and Rebecca Mason – were named young leader volunteers of the year for the area. Katie won the prize in the under-16s category and Rebecca in the over-16s.

Andy Donnachie, development manager at NVYA, said: “The event was celebrating all the efforts and achievements.

“Katie and Rebecca do all sorts of volunteering, over the summer holidays they did a programme helping homeless people. They also made Valentine’s cards to sell through the University of Northampton to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

“They were very pleased, they had nice trophies presented to them, I think they were quite proud of themselves.”

Taylor King and Alexei Cooper took home the Liz Houston memorial award, Taylor in the under-16s category and Alexei for the over-16s. The award is presented in memory of a former member of staff at NVYA and is presented to the volunteer who undertook the biggest metaphorical journey during their time volunteering.

Mr Donnachie said: “Liz Houston was a member of staff who passed away unfortunately to cancer so the award is in her memory. The award is for someone who has gone out of their way – they may not have done 1,000 hours of volunteering but what they have done is a real achievement for them.

“Alexei works with the St John Ambulance and Taylor does a lot with Rushden Community College, he is a pupil there and sits on lots of forums. They were very chuffed with their awards.”