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Jake and José are worthy winners of police awards
11:50am Thursday 11th October 2012 in Local
THE achievements of local youngsters have been celebrated at West Mercia Police's annual Young Good Citizen of the Year award ceremony.
In a change to previous years, 10 children were crowned winners this year instead of just one.
The winners were presented with their awards at a gala event at force HQ, Hindlip Hall.
The awards, now in their 25th year, aim to honour those whose acts of generosity and displays of community spirit have made a difference to other people's lives.
The winning youngsters were chosen from nearly 100 young people nominated from across the force area.
One of the worthy winners was José Delgardo, aged 15, from Redditch.
José was concerned there were not enough suitable activities for young people in Winyates and created a small working group, with a view to setting up a street dance group and a drama group.
Together they developed the Winyates Central Project and José led the group in submitting a bid to Redditch Arts Council for funding. They were successful and received a grant of £500.
José also facilitated the use of Arrow Vale High School Theatre for the street dance class and helped develop the publicity for the two schemes. He is the organiser of the street dance group, which performed at the launch of the regenerated Winyates Centre in August.
A spokesman said: “José is commended for stepping up to the plate and making something happen, resulting in the first community led project as part of the Winning Winyates project.”
Another winner was Jake Hanks, aged 16, from Alvechurch.
Jake started at South Bromsgrove High School in 2009 after his older brother had tragically committed suicide. Jake demonstrated a positive attitude towards all aspects of school life from day one and coped extraordinarily well with the situation, considering the circumstances and pressures on him.
Jake recently organised an amazing run in memory of his brother in aid of PAPYRUS, a teenage suicide charity. This required charity fundraising, organising friends and peers, while also performing in his band at the event held at his family home.
A spokesman said: “Jake's fantastic work, commitment and fabulous attitude to life makes him a worthy award winner.”
Each award winner was presented with a certificate and a £100 gift voucher for Amazon.