Knoll teenager gets British Citizen Youth Award for charity work
Brent Knoll teenager has been presented with a British Citizen Youth
Award in recognition of her years of charity work helping poor African
Bethan Rees from Brent Knoll has received one of the inaugural British
Citizen Youth Awards which honour young people across the
UK who have positively impacted society, communities, charities
or other good causes.
received her award at the Palace of Westminster this week after
being nominated for her work with the charity Educate the Kids -
which helps to provide an education for desperately poor children
was inspired by her grandmother, Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser Sue Stevens,
and motivated by the sight of young children in Kenyan villages
whose families simply cant afford to send them to school.
a family holiday to the country in 2009, Bethan has been helping
with fundraising and raising awareness of the charity at every opportunity.
Her events have included coffee mornings, charity shops, car boot
sales, plant sales, jewellery stalls and multiple tombolas and raffles
Bethan was just 11-years-old, she completed a 10km swim and raised
enough money to sponsor a childs education for several years.
has recently been doing the administration and publicity work for
her grandmother who a tour this month of the Burnham-On-Sea area
for 23 children, known as The Singing Children of Africa.
Singing Children of Africa is a choir chosen from the 700 pupils
at Jolaurabi School. Bethan has also travelled to Kenya on several
occasions assisting with vital work at Jolaurabi Kindergarten and
was nominated for the award by a teacher at Hugh Sexey Middle School,
where she was formerly a pupil.
parents Steve and Sarah Rees said were proud to learn of Bethans
award. Sarah said: "We are extremely proud of all the work
that both Bethan, and her younger sister Megan, do to help the children
was unaware of the nomination until learning that she had been selected
by the assessment panel, from a huge number of applications, as
one of only 20 young people around the country to receive the award.
said: "I am really pleased as this will help raise awareness
that many children in Kenya are unable to go to school, not because
they are not bright or not keen, but because they are too poor.
They have no hope of breaking out of poverty if they do not get
youngsters from across the UK were honoured with British Citizen
Youth Awards, with each having their own unique and inspiring story.
MP James Heappey, who met her in Westminster, as pictured,
added: "I had the pleasure of welcoming Bethan to Parliament
who was presented with her British Citizen Youth Award in the House
of Lords for the incredible work she's been doing raising money
for a school in Kenya. She's been doing it since she was seven -
medal presentation ceremony, which was held in association with
Specsavers, was led by Kimberly Wyatt of the pop group Pussycat
Mary Perkins, co-founder of awards sponsor Specsavers, said: "The
society we live in tomorrow will be shaped by the children of today,
which is why championing amazing young role models is so very important."