champion' award for young Burnham-On-Sea
young volunteer who organises youth projects in Burnham-On-Sea
has this week been handed a top award during a presentation celebrating
the spirit of the Olympics.
Smith, 21, was crowned 'shine a light volunteering champion' at
a presentation in Crewkerne to celebrate the one-year anniversary
of the Olympic torch arriving in Somerset.
Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) hosted the event, which
saw 80 children release balloons to mark Jonathan's volunteering
attending Burnham's Three Streets Community Games Party last summer,
Jonathan contacted SASP to ask if he could organise an event for
his BAY Centre group with learning difficulties.
- who overcame cancer at the age of 10 - has organised two Community
Games and is organising a Youth Festival weekend in Burnham.
awards are organised by the Community Games legacy programme,
funded by the Social Action Fund and delivered by the County Sports
Partnership Network (CSPN) and the YMCA.
was accompanied at this week's awards by town councillors Ken
Smout and Pauline Pollard. Ken said afterwards: "While many
youngsters talk about grand ideas but don't them forward, Jonathan
is a 'do-er' and and a real credit to our youth community in Burnham
and is very deserving of the award."
Pulleyn, outgoing Manager at Burnham's Princess Theatre, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Jonathan has made an excellent contribution
to the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre through his volunteering.
He was instrumental in setting up BOSH Youth Theatre, a group
that enables young people to experience and perform drama, and
running the Burnham's Got Talent competition last December."